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Monday, December 17, 2007

About That Rumor About Those People Considering Buying the Crocodile

posted by on December 17 at 17:23 PM

So the Crocodile is closed, that much has been confirmed by a number of (former) employees—booker Eli Anderson cleaned out his office today. But what isn’t clear is what’s going to happen to the club now.

According to the King County Assessment office, there’s no record of sale for the building, and as far as we know Stephanie Dorgan still owns the club, but she hasn’t returned phone calls and isn’t saying if she plans to sell and if so, to whom. There are currently rumors of a group of local club owners who are considering buying the business. On the top of that list of possibilities are the owners of Nuemo’s, Jason Lajeunesse and Steven Severin, but Lajeunesse just confirmed that they aren’t currently planning on buying it:

“We have not sat down and put together any plans to buy it,” he says. “And we have not spoken to Stephanie. If the price was right, and the stars aligned, anything is possible, but we are not the group that is supposedly looking to buy it. And from what I have heard, she would not sell to us.”

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this reminds me of the old prospectors that used to hang around the OK Hotel in the early nineties and whine about the days of the 5 cent burbons and the cheap hookers in the rooms upstairs. "boo hoo, it's all this teen spirit crap these days. what's the town comming to?"

cry me a fucking river. seattle has been co-opted once again. who could have seen it comming? turn out the lights. move on.

Posted by >>> | December 17, 2007 6:36 PM

Did this rumor really start at TIG's "lets start our own Crocodile rumors" post? Sometimes it seems like people in this town will repeat anything they hear.

Posted by David | December 17, 2007 8:06 PM

Are the feelings between Dorgan and the owners of Neumo's really so bad that she'd rather have the place go out of business than sell it and possibly allow it to survive?

Posted by mrcurious | December 17, 2007 9:26 PM

It is a sad state of affairs, for any musician playing in this area, when clubs that have become fixtures in the live scene such as this are closed. I have seen some great bands come out of that place. To many to list. It's a shame, and without any warning.

Posted by Monkeyfist | December 18, 2007 8:47 AM

@3- well she did change the locks on the door and send employees voice msg's re: lay-offs during the holidays w/ no warning; so I wouldn't put it past her.

Posted by Yearning | December 18, 2007 8:50 AM

seattlites who are part of the music life here who know better know that burning any bridge is always a risk.

dorgan chose to burn everything around her island in one big flameout.

she clearly is not interested in helping the music scene. it's her choice and right to do so. it's sad that we all had to witness (and some had to directly experience) such a flameout, but there it is.

reroute around the damage, save your money for something new and better, and move on. nothing to see here anymore. sigh.

Posted by mackro mackro | December 18, 2007 11:24 AM

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