There's a happy ending, for now. The temporarily shuttered Sidebar 122 has reopened under new management, with no intention of closing any time soon.
A refresher: Last week, we reported that the Downtown restaurant and craft-cocktail spot was forced to shut its doors after missing a tax filing date. Today, we spoke with new general manager Nick Myers, who was brought in by the restaurant's investors to sort out several ongoing, unspecified issues with the previous management.
He declined to provide any more specifics, saying only that a lack of communication had caused issues with the staff and that he'd been in talks to take over the spot's operations for several months prior to the tax issues. Myers has been in charge at Sidebar since Thursday.
What he did say is that morale has already improved in the past few days among the staff--at least those who stayed following his takeover, as several servers and kitchen personnel opted to resign during the restaurant's closure. He says that while the old management made some missteps with the space, he's optimistic things will settle down soon.
"From a financial standpoint, the business is healthy," Myers says. "We're dedicated to the success of Sidebar 122."
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