Well, it had to happen sometime. Brad's Swingside Cafe, an icon unto itself, will be closing sometime this month, whenever the developer's bulldozer arrives. That could be as late as March 7th, but don't bank on it.
The best spin I can put on this is that chef/owner Brad Inserra was not forced out by a greedy/seedy landlord. He owned the building, and needed to meet some staggering debt.
If you've never been to Swingside, time's running out. If you never make it, you'll miss a special, warm, funky part of Old Fremont that can never return. If you've known Brad and Swingside over the past 24 years (especially if Henry the housecat ever begged a bite from you), maybe a tear is in order.
Thanks for the great memories.