Breaking news: The legendary Crocodile Cafe has closed after more than 15 years.
According to the Seattle Times, owner Stephanie Dorgan called employees yesterday, letting them know she had changed the locks and they could pick up their personal belongings today. After learning they had lost their jobs, Croc employees maintained the spirit and allegedly got together to party all night.
Name a major Seattle band -- Nirvana, Sunny Day Real Estate, Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie -- They all played the Croc. No doubt, the Croc was a staple venue for the local music scene.
Some key quotes:
"I think it's a blow to the scene. Part of the side effect of the mayor's downtown development plan, which seems to have no room for live music in it. The Croc is an institution. At the same time, things change, and keeping a venue open as long as the Croc has been, through all the changes the music scene has been through, is a very difficult job. I feel for any club owner trying to make it in Seattle." -Dave Meinert, music promoter for Blue Scholars and Common Market
"It's one of the landmarks of music in this city... That place is Seattle music." -KEXP DJ John Richards