Rob Rule interview

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From "Rob Rule on why he's quitting the Turf Club"

 

When did the Clown Lounge get taken apart?

 

Dave Wiegardt took it apart Sunday night.

 

Why are you and the Saint Paul Music Club leaving the Turf Club?

 

The current owner, Mark Johnson... It's been in his family since '69 or something. It dropped into his lap, and we bumped into him shortly after he took over and established a great relationship. We came in for one show, and it's been almost ten years. With the new ownership, I just don't see anything close to that relationship. I know my time would be limited anyway, so I just figured I might as well make a clean break with the new ownership.

 

I read last week that the new owner, the Dubliner's Tom Scanlon, was keeping the same staff.

 

You're a journalist, you know how words are. The coach says, "We're going to go out and give our heart today and be as good as we can." It's all business cliches.

 

At what point did you decide that it wasn't going to work for you, being there?

 

Last night [outgoing owner Mark Johnson] called the staff together to officially tell everybody that the place is sold, and he believed it was going to happen April 4. And it got to a point where I kept seeing my name in the paper: "Rob Rule staying with the Turf Club." Well, you know, I'm not a piece of furniture there. I've never been approached. No offer was made saying, "Hey, we need you to stay here. What do you need?" And you know what? By the time they started calling me Saturday, it was too little, too late. We can't do what we do there with this new [owner].


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