Not to belabor the subject but…
Inquiring minds want to know…what’s the latest on Plaza area jazz club Jardine’s? It’s been five long months since the you-know-what hit the fan and owner Beena Raja found herself on the wrong end of a mini staff revolt that grew into a musician boycott and a tabloid TV news feeding franzy.
Since then Jardine’s doors have remained dark while owner-candidate after owner-candidate strode in (and then out) of the media limelight. And while sundry former and prospective owners and managers watched their fortunes rise and then fall.
In other words, it’s been one big, fat mess.
Which brings us to the here and now, and the buzz on the down-for-the-count jazz club about workers being spotted hard at it in Jardine’s space.
"Looks like the story is over," emailed propsepective Jardine’s buyer Paul Wilson. "I drove by (Friday), there is some kind of construction going on inside."
That same day Jardine’s founder Greg Halstead – unleashed an email that he ended with the following admonition; "Feel free to share this with anyone you like."
Halstead wrote that,"it looks like Jardine’s is history. Needless to say. Kathy and I are heartbroken. Lots of memories, lots of fun, lots of good times etc.."
Hold it right there…
Jardine’s owner Raja says she’s still holding out hope that one of two interested parties will come through and buy the name and 3 a.m. liquor license from her and reopen the space as a jazz club.
They’d best hurry.
Three am.m liquor licenses don’t grow on trees and are all but impossible to get these days. If Raja’s expires, woe be to whomever doesn’t pull the trigger in time if indeed the club is to be saved.
As for the "construction" everybody seems so curious and/or worried about, no biggie, Raja says.
"Yeah, they’re just doing inventory and cleaning it up a little bit," she says. ‘I don’t think they’re doing much more than that."
A peek inside Jardine’s confirms Raja’s suspicions.
The lights are all on, the joint appears to be in tip top shape and the tables and chairs are all neatly stacked and out of the way. In other words it looks ready, willing and able to be shown to prospective tenants.