City Winery opens Thursday . . . maybe

City Winery CEO Michael Dorf
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City Winery CEO Michael Dorf

The doors of the city’s newest music venue are still closed as City Winery continues to grapple with “construction delays” that are forcing it to move or cancel shows.

We were very excited to see the Scottish misanthrope Lloyd Cole perform at City Winery Wednesday, but like so many shows before, Cole’s was canceled.

The new 300-capacity club/restaurant, located on Canal Street in the shadow of TD Garden, was originally supposed to open in September. Then it was Oct. 16. Now it’s Nov. 16 — Thursday. Whether City Winery CEO Michael Dorf will be able to meet the new deadline is unclear: Someone we know who walked through the space a few weeks ago told us there was still a lot of work to do.


The repeated delays have forced many City Winery shows to be canceled or postponed, while others have been moved elsewhere. David Crosby, for example, played at the Regent Theatre in Arlington this week. But the venue certainly has an incentive to get things buttoned up in the next 24 hours: Shows scheduled for Thursday and Friday by Marc Broussard and opening act Grant Stinnett are sold out. Chastity Brown is scheduled to perform on Friday, Ian Hunter on Saturday, and poet Robert Pinsky will perform something he calls “poemjazz” on Sunday.

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Dorf opened the first City Winery in New York a decade ago, and has since brought the concept — it’s an upscale food-and-music joint — to Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Eventually, it’ll open in Boston. We think.