Sour Grapes: City Winery Boston delays opening by one month due to construction issues



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Get ready to dust off all those old Sinclair memes, because we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for City Winery’s grand opening.

The concert venue, winery, and restaurant at One Canal Street in Boston’s Bullfinch Triangle has pushed back its scheduled opening to October 16, one month beyond its intended target. The reasons, according to City Winery, are “due to unforeseen and unavoidable construction delays.”


More than 20 shows will be affected by the delay, including five by Frank Turner (October 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7), two by Suzanne Vega (October 11 and 12), and the September 16 opening night appearance Triumph’s Rik Emmett. Appearances by Ben Ottewell of Gomez (September 20), John Popper of Blues Traveler (September 28), and Wye Oak (October 9) are also impacted.

“While we regret the delay and apologize for the inconvenience to ticketholders, it’s important that all aspects of the venue are perfect and we deliver an exemplary experience for our concert-goers and restaurant patrons,” says City Winery CEO and founder Michael Dorf in a press release. “We hope everyone understands, and we look forward to opening our doors to Boston audiences in mid-October.”

The press release further states that “the expansive size and complexities of the multi-use space can present construction challenges, given the special considerations required to support best practices in winemaking and to ensure optimal comfort, sightlines, and sound quality within the concert venue.”

The 300-person-capacity venue says it’s in the process of “rescheduling and moving shows and events that were booked for mid-September and early October to other Boston venues or to a later date at City Winery,” and that ticketholders are currently being notified of the news. They’ll be presented with an option to “receive a refund or to transfer their tickets to the new date or a different show.”

All previously announced shows after October 16 will go on as scheduled. Keep it locked to citywinery.com/Boston for updates on the new opening date and other shows before and after it, and scan through the list of affected shows below.

City Winery: Postponed and/or rescheduled shows:
September 17: Rik Emmett
September 19: Mason Jennings
September 20: Ben Ottewell of Gomez
September 22: Tom Papa
September 23: Tom Papa
September 23: Wasabassco Burlesque (10 p.m. show)
September 24: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen with John Jorgenson
September 27: Dan Wilson
September 28: John Popper of Blues Traveler
September 30: Songhoy Blues
October 1: Madeleine Peyroux
October 2: Tommy Fleming
October 3: Frank Turner
October 4: Frank Turner
October 5: Isaac Mizrahi Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?
October 6: Frank Turner
October 7: Frank Turner
October 8: Frank Turner
October 9: Wye Oak
October 10: Eilen Jewell
October 11: Suzanne Vega
October 12: Suzanne Vega
October 14: Pat McGee
October 15: James Maddock & Vance Gilbert

Featured Frank Turner image provided by the venue.