❤️ this room? Take in some shows while you can - Hideaway Cafe @ 1756 Central - the end of an era
I wanted to share some news with you regarding the Hideaway Cafe’s future. First, and right to the point, our landlord will not be renewing our lease. This gives us a handful of months remaining in our current location. As you might guess, we’re all devastated - simply put. We would have celebrated 13 years in the spring and, well, it just stinks to say goodbye to this room.
I’m not 100% sure what’s next, but I do have some ideas. The biggest hurdle will be rent in this new climate and, of course, what Hideaway 3.0 will even look like. (Some of you may remember Hideaway Recording Studio in its first location on the 4600 block of Central… it was a cool little studio with a 4 stool bar. We had to move just after a year when the owner sold and we got right to work on creating what is now the Hideaway Cafe.)
I think the only thing I can really say for sure right now is that the days here are numbered. So, if you’re a fan and have supported original music and all of the truly incredible artists in this room and on this stage, if you’ve enjoyed coming in to say hey to our awesome servers, sound techs, door and kitchen crew or have some special memory that ties you to the Hideaway Cafe, now would be the time to come and take it all in while you still can. Our staff would sure love to see you and it’ll help them transition as well. And please do share your special memories with us here. We will take them all with us <3
Unfortunately, business has dropped as well as we near the end - partly due to the normal summer doldrums but also, I imagine, due to the resurgence of COVID and, of course, the dozens of new things to do in St Pete. Regardless, this could impact our timeline as well. So, again, now’s the time to come and enjoy whatever it is that you love about the Hideaway. Whether it’s one of our artists-in-residence - Kid Royal & the Holy Smokes, Josh Nelms Trio, Kirk Adams Band, Ronnie Dee & the Superstars or Boho Sideshow - or maybe a special Saturday ticketed show - or maybe it's your favorite sandwich, the Gibson… or thin-crust caprese pizza with pepperoni (that’s mine). Whatever it is, come on by and lets raise one up.
I’ll continue to update you as things unfold so there’s only one narrative out there. I have no idea what the landlord’s intentions are, but I certainly want to exit on good terms so we can keep our entity in tact and figure out what our next move will be.
From everyone here, we want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for our almost 13 years here at 1756 Central. So many great memories! I pray there will be more to come in a 3.0. I also want to thank the folks that donated to the Hideaway all through this COVID era and most recently who donated or prepaid for recording projects to help us navigate some rough waters in the last month. Trying times to say the least - but I’m excited and hopeful to see what’s next.
Come say hey soon and we’ll raise ‘em up to nearly 13 awesome years!