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Originally published January 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified January 11, 2008 at 9:46 PM

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New owners for the Crocodile?

A deal to sell the Crocodile Cafe, the legendary nightclub that closed last month, may be in its final stages.

Seattle Times staff reporter

A deal to sell the Crocodile Cafe, the legendary nightclub that closed last month, may be in its final stages. Groupee Venues today applied to take over the Crocodile's liquor license, according to the Washington state Liquor Control Board.

Stephanie Dorgan, who ran the Crocodile from 1991 to last December, could not be reached for comment.

Listed on the liquor application as partners are Edward H. O'Neill, Rose Mary H. O'Neill, Lori L. Hope and Robert N. Hope. All except the latter are listed as Groupee employees on the company's Web site.

"I have no comment at this time," said Lori Hope. Asked if her group had purchased the Crocodile, she said, "I cannot confirm or deny that."

According to Groupee's Web site: "Groupee, Inc. (formerly Infopop Corporation) is a privately held company based in Seattle, Wash. We have over 10 years experience in software development and enterprise hosting for online communities. Our customer list includes: Discovery Communications, Warner Brothers, Scripps, Rodale, The Weather Channel, Financial Times, Mattel, Ubisoft, The Home Shopping Network, Military.com and Xerox. Our enterprise hosting operation currently serves hundreds of millions of page views per month."

The Crocodile hosted shows by the likes of Nirvana, Hole, R.E.M. and the Beastie Boys over the years.

Tom Scanlon: 206-464-3891 or tscanlon@seattletimes.com

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