Monday, September 12, 2011

The new Sidewalk Cafe.

Okay, so i was worried about Sidewalk cafe shutting down and revamping itself like many other old school sort of neighborhood places have done and turning into a scary wine bar like Banjo Jim's will probably do. So I have been by there a few times in the past few weeks and while some of my favorite stuff is no longer on the menu(well, I am the type of person who eats the same damn thing everyday so those items are basically two things), I have to say I feel the same vibe in there that it had before.
The menu is a lot smaller..but they are figuring out what people want, and slowly adding those things back as they get back on track..The nachos are back..possibly the 25 cent wings too..there are $3 PBR' can sit in the back at the open mic or whatever music show is going on and not be forced to order anything if you don't want to..THOUGH I WANT TO DRINK! Did I just yell that? Sorry, been sick and on the wagon!
Their breakfast specials are coming back and most of the appetizers are still around $5. So I am happy they are back and I hope people give it a chance. The staff is awesome, my friend bartends there..another pal waitresses, and I just had a fun time hanging out there tonight shooting the shit and it basically felt like old times for me.
Yes, the bar has insane cocktails and spiked milkshakes if you feel the urge to splurge and get all crazy..but it also has cheap beer..cheaper than some of the dive bars that are around actually.
Sure, I liked the old wall reminded me of my own place actually! But the important thing is that the vibe I always liked in there is STILL there. I intend to support the place. If it closed down what would replace it? Hmmm..let's see..maybe a Chase Bank? Nah..wait..a Chase Bank? Nah, probably not. I know! A CHASE BANK BY GOLLY!
Alright, I'll shut it now!
But one more thing..if you go to this blog take note that Life Cafe now seems to be possibly closed for good. Beware! Soon there may be no more places where you can sit and eat and read a book outdoors for two hours if you want to!


  1. Does Chase Bank have cheap beer and nachos? ...Thought not! ...Hard candies in a bowl on a counter behind a red velvet rope just don't quite qualify, now do they?!?!! I mean, occasionally one can get a loan officer with a flask from his desk to share a snort or two, but that's rare!

  2. This is good to hear. I was a little worried — especially when the owners hired a publicist, who seemed to ignore the locals and went after sites like Thrilllist and UrbanDaddy. Which filled up the place with the Muray Hill crowd for a few nights... A few old regulars said that they didn't feel welcome, like Pete Best showing up at a Beatles reunion.

  3. Chase bank parties are sooo boring. All they talk about is water coolers. There are definitely no Murray Hill crowd there fact, it's very slow in there. When i was there there was some girl with a shopping cart with her and dreds down to her feet..a table of tattooed guys drunkenly eating burgers who knew everyone in there and the wait staff standing around waiting for people to come in. The manager offered me a drink and we talked and he said he was listening to people's suggesions and taking them seriously. Peopel wanted nachos-so they are back. Other stuff too..he didn't know what the old menu used to have so i think if you suggest stuff there nicely they are listening..UNLIKE CHASE BANK WHO DID NOT TAKE MY SUGGESTION OF PUTTING A HOT TUB IN SERIOUSLY AT ALL!