The timing of this couldn't be worse.
According to the Washington City Paper, D.C. stripper haven Stadium Club was seized by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue today to pay for the more than $100,000 in debt that owner James "Tru" Redding owes on his closed restaurant/bar, TruOrleans. The City Paper adds that Stadium was in the process of being sold, but the deal wasn't finalized quick enough:
Stadium Club investor Keith Forney says the club was in the process of being sold to a group of out-of-town investors, although the deal hadn't been finalized before the District seized the club.
"They weren't a D.C. bunch," Forney says of the new investors. "Maybe they didn't understand the need for speed or whatever."
TruOrleans, recognized as one of the District's douchiest bars, was shut down in September in the midst of legal and financial struggles. Redding was already in the hole after his company, James T. Redding, Inc., filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Maryland back in July. TruOrleans landlord Darryl Pounds told the City Paper that the eviction process will continue as planned.
The unfortunate downside is that its failure has trickled down and polluted the success of Stadium. Doesn't the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue know that the Yeezus tour is in town tonight? Don't they care? Above that, what about the dancers who now face financial uncertainty heading into the holiday season? It's fucked up to drop a bomb like this on folks a week before Black Friday.
This most likely means that everyone who doesn't give a shit about work tomorrow will be at Fuego after the show tonight.
[via Washington City Paper]