UPDATE: Kate’s Café has relocated to S & S Restaurant, as of July 2018
After roughly four years at Ryles Jazz Club, the Kate’s Café LGBT dinner is planning to relocate.
But the monthly dinner party for LGBT elders isn’t going far—it’s actually just moving across the street to the S&S Restaurant in Cambridge, explained Café Coordinator Melissa Bryant.
“We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people who were concerned about the future of Kate’s Café, when word got out that Ryles is closing,” said Bryant. “Fortunately, the family that owns Ryles has been a great partner, and we were able to relocate to another one of their venues nearby.”
Ryles co-owner Gary Mitchell confirmed plans to close the jazz club to the Boston Globe in late February, citing a desire to focus attention on the adjacent S&S Restaurant.
The family has yet to announce a timeline for the sale, and Bryant said Kate’s Cafe would continue to meet at Ryles until further notice.
Established in 2010, Kate Café is coordinated by Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES). The monthly social event for LGBT elders, their friends, and caregivers is named in honor of former SCES Elder Care Advisor Kate Thomas, who was a passionate advocate of LGBT issues.
Bryant is head of the SCES LGBT Task Force, which focuses on outreach and resources for LGBT older adults. She said Kate’s Café has been a great community event that will continue for the foreseeable future.
“SCES is dedicated to Kate’s Café and we’re hoping for a smooth transition,” said Bryant.
Kate’s Café is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 5-8 pm. The dinner is $4 for seniors (60+) and $7 for people under 60. RSVP is required for the dinner, by calling 617-628-2601 x 3193 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation is available upon request for Cambridge and Somerville residents 60 and over who have difficulty taking public transportation or The Ride.
Ryles Jazz Club is located at 212 Hampshire Street, Inman Square/Cambridge.
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is a non-profit agency that supports the independence and well-being of older people in Somerville and Cambridge. For more information, visit eldercare.org, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or contact the SCES Aging Information Center at 617-628-2601 for free advice and guidance.