Two months into one of the longest – at times silliest – and frankly saddest chapters in modern Kansas City jazz, the dudes who jumped the gun last month by telling the Pitch and Fox 4 they’d bought Jardine’s are poised at to do just that – buy Jardine’s.
Today partners Robert McCain and Joseph Fulgenzi met a drop-dead deadline for a payment owed by Jardine’s owner Beena Raja to the jazz club’s founder, Greg Halstead.
"We have, that is correct," Fulgenzi says. "We still have a couple more hoops to jump through, but it’s getting closer."
McCain and Fulgenzi must now finalize a deal on the lease with American Century, settle whatever taxes and outstanding debts may be owed and complete the aquisition of a new liquor license for the Plaza area jazz club.
The ETA on reopening Jardine’s?
"Within the next two weeks," if everything goes as hoped, Fulgenzi says.
"We’re in the last stages, we only have a couple things to do," Fulgenzi says. "We’ve actually applied for a new liquor license."
The $64 million question: can they dodge the bullet on debts incurred by Jardine’s former owner?
"I wish it were that simple," Fulgenzi says. "There’s still a lot we’re going to have to take care of. It is what it is. And we still have to live up to her lease."
To the tune of a reported $20,000 plus in back rent.
Halstead’s take on the potential new ownership group?
"I’m all for ’em, I really am," he says. "I’ve met both of ’em and they strike me as being pretty good people and I wish them all the luck in the world."