Seems like only yesterday…
It was New Year’s Eve eve just one year ago when the Pitch reported that Joseph Fulgenzi and Robert McCain were the new owners of Jardine’s jazz club.
Remember that waiter dude in the comments section who gave me a hard time for getting scooped on that one?
Somewhat obviously that deal never went down.
Because about 10 days ago the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a release saying that Fulgenzi was going down to the tune of three years and 10 months slam time with no parole.
That after going 20 years without paying taxes and owing $400,000 and change to Uncle Sam. Yet another bizarre twist to the already massively bizarre Jardine’s saga.
None of which particularly surprises former Jardine’s co-owner Pat Hanrahan.
“I didn’t believe half the shit those guys said anyway,” Hanrahan says. “Everytime I talked to them they kept talking about their backers or American Century and they kept putting it off and coming up with excuses.”
American Century was Jardine’s landlord.
And while Fulgenzi undoubtedly knew – after playing hide-and-seek with the IRS for two decades – that his tax dodging jig was nearly up, “I ran into them about a month ago at Fric & Frac and they were still talking about their investors and doing something somewhere,” Hanrahan says. “They said maybe it was time to look into things again and said they had looked at Jardine’s and America’s Pub and the Beaumont Club.”
Yet while there never was a firm deal or sale as reported in the Pitch, with Fulgenzi having copped to $672,447 in unreported income, the dudes well may have been in a position to pull the trigger on a Jardine’s deal.
“The initial agreement between the gay dudes and Beena was right at $150,000,” Hanrahan says. “But nothing was ever signed, although more than one agreement was drawn up.”
Speaking of former Jardine’s owner Beena Raja or Beena Brandsgard, “She’s waiting tables somewhere in Leawood, I think,” Hanrahan says. “She calls me every once in a while.”