I won't deny I'm a sucker for coachella. My wife and I attended a few years ago when we happened to be in California and had access to tickets. We went in assuming the worst and had the time of our lives. Mind you we're almost 40 and ex ravers who are genuinely there for the music. I came home with 11 photos and one 14 second video so I think I did well!
I can't let this go any longer. Hugh's Room 's recent demise was entirely it's own fault and deserved. In a last ditch attempt to save it, Richard hired as his
new manager, a coke-addled jock from the King St. nightclub scene. In an effort to "sexy-up" the joint, he fired many of the long term and well-loved servers in favour of younger, prettier model-types, who had to endure unwarranted "massages" and inappropriate "compliments".The employees morale crashed to an all time low when he began verbally abusing them in front of customers. In one case, he even chased one of the kitchen staff down Dundas Street screaming threats and obscenities. I know at least two people who have sought legal action against the club.
Hugh's Room was a supposedly successful venue. Rarely was a show poorly attended, and their food prices were exorbitant. I find their cries of insolvency highly dubious. Where was all that money going? Certainly not to the staff, who's last paycheques are now bouncing like Happy Fun Balls.
The music may have stopped, but with a legacy of corrupt management and unfair labour practices, their finale` was a dissonant one, indeed.