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Monday, January 14, 2008

Internet Software Company Buying the Croc?

posted by on January 14 at 15:23 PM

From an article in last Friday’s Seattle Times:

A deal to sell the Crocodile Cafe, the legendary nightclub that closed last month, may be in its final stages. Groupee Venues today applied to take over the Crocodile’s liquor license, according to the Washington state Liquor Control Board.

Stephanie Dorgan, who ran the Crocodile from 1991 to last December, could not be reached for comment.

Listed on the liquor application as partners are Edward H. O’Neill, Rose Mary H. O’Neill, Lori L. Hope and Robert N. Hope. All except the latter are listed as Groupee employees on the company’s Web site.

“I have no comment at this time,” said Lori Hope. Asked if her group had purchased the Crocodile, she said, “I cannot confirm or deny that.”

According to Groupee’s Web site: “Groupee, Inc. (formerly Infopop Corporation) is a privately held company based in Seattle, Wash. We have over 10 years experience in software development and enterprise hosting for online communities. Our customer list includes: Discovery Communications, Warner Brothers, Scripps, Rodale, The Weather Channel, Financial Times, Mattel, Ubisoft, The Home Shopping Network, and Xerox. Our enterprise hosting operation currently serves hundreds of millions of page views per month.”

Our lines have been in the water for the past couple weeks, but all we’ve pulled up is unsubstantiated rumors. This is the most specific info about the impending Croc that we’ve heard thus far. Stay tuned.

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This is what we called "scooped" in the olden days.

Posted by Jeff | January 14, 2008 3:54 PM

Yeah, for reals. You guys dont read the other papers the day they come out so that even know that you've done been scooped on? Too busy reporting on the new menu at Chop Suey?

Posted by E | January 14, 2008 4:11 PM

@2, remember: the stranger is seattles only newspaper.

it took the dailies a full day to report on the crocs closure, which was far more conclusive than an application for a liquor license. we had the news up on line out hours after the last show.

Posted by jz | January 14, 2008 4:21 PM

Ah, how could I forget?! Being "Seattle's Only Paper" means you always have the scoop. My logic is so bad!

Posted by E | January 14, 2008 4:40 PM

I believe Three Imaginary Girls was the first Seattle music blog to mention this particular tidbit.

Posted by rk | January 14, 2008 8:06 PM

Nah, I'm pretty sure Hannah Levin at the Weekly had the Croc closure news up first.

Posted by afh | January 14, 2008 10:06 PM

I feel a Rainforest Cafe or perhaps TGIFriday's vibe coming on. I REALLY hope the only thing that changes at the croc are the bathrooms.

Posted by yearning | January 15, 2008 8:37 AM

It's ridiculous for The Stranger to try to take credit for breaking the Croc closure story. The Seattle Weekly broke that one, hell, it had already been announced on the radio before the Stranger covered it.

Posted by crockjunkie | January 15, 2008 9:27 AM

nobody said we broke the news of the crocs closure. i said we had the news up before the dailies.

Posted by jz | January 15, 2008 10:28 AM

Will the line-ups and shows have a similar feel (Re: TGIFridays horror)?

I assume Peter Greenberg will not be returning. If not, who is going to do the booking?

What about all the former employees? Are any of them interested in returning? On that front...

Things were getting pretty bitter there at the end. Can the icky taste get Scoped, or will the bile bubble on?

With bated breath...

Posted by CJ | January 15, 2008 1:50 PM

I actually heard Greenberg and most of the staff would be returning following a major cleaning/renovation of the club. Time can only tell I suppose...

Posted by intheknow | January 15, 2008 5:54 PM

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