I am going to start calling the Southgate House Closing as more of a Southgate House Situation. Yes, that makes it sound remotely like I'm referencing a reality TV show. While the drama surrounding the family business dealings involved might bring that to mind, that's not my intention. This guest column on Each Note Secure from Margaret Darling of the Seedy Seeds makes it clear to me that there are two separate issues at stake here: 1)What will the New location of the Southgate House be like (and where will it be) and then 2)What will be come of the Southgate Building? So SGH closing isn't the only issue, there is a much more complex concern. a "situation," if you will.
Number two becomes the more cloudy concern. The operators of the SGH are planning on opening a new place. We'll just have to wait and see where that is and how well the new location will work. The Southgate Building is something different and the resulting owners don't appear to have the plan in place with what to do with the building. That is bigger concern to me. I don't fear that the new location for the SGH will be like. I fear that the new owners will not use the building wisely. It would be a great place for a music venue, but the building needs to be used wisely. It is important to Newport and needs to continue to enrich the culture, no matter what it becomes. We have a situation and the City of Newport needs to keep that situation from ruining a vital piece of the community.