WWL-TV: Tipitina's bounces checks, may be sold

Future of venue unclear

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 16, 2018 - 10:03 pm

The legendary New Orleans music club, Tipitina's may be on the brink of collapse.

WWL-TV sites a well-placed source as saying that a deal is in the works to sell the music venue.

"The name of the potential buyers has not been disclosed and it’s unclear what their plans for the club would be," the TV station reported. "The negotiations come as Tipitina’s owner of 22 years, Roland Von Kurnatowski, faces a raft of lawsuits claiming he bilked investors and has skipped out on debts totaling at least $2.8 million."

The report goes on to say that several big-name acts that played Tipitina’s and the Orpheum Theater, when Von Kurnatowski owned it, had their performance fee checks bounce earlier this year.  That was after their shows sold out.

Asked if he was in financial trouble and if he was selling Tipitina’s, Von Kurnatowski told WWL-TV: “My overall financial picture is good. Whether it’s time to sell Tipitina’s at this time is an open question.”

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