Eden closes tomorrowEditorial Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Speaking through early-afternoon tears and a stiff upper-lip, Eden general manager and co-owner, Daniel Schulz reiterated what he said was his primary concern regarding tomorrow’s sudden closure of the popular nightclub on University Avenue.
“We employ 50 people,” Schulz told San Diego LGBT Weekly as news of Eden’s closure broke Wednesday. “We were trying to make it work on our end, but we were having disagreements with our landlord that couldn’t be overcome in the end. Now, I’m just really concerned about our Eden family – I mean our employees.”
Citing what he sees as the counterproductive nature and pain of employment uncertainty, Schulz said Eden’s owners made the choice to close now, rather than dragging out what is sure to be a difficult phase in the lives of the bar and dance club’s employees for weeks.
“There’s nothing worse than coming to work each day, not knowing if it will be your last day or not,” he said. “I want them to have every opportunity to land on their feet.”
For his part, Schulz expects to do likewise – in the long run.
“I have put everything I have into this venture,” he said. “I don’t just mean money; but my passion, hard work. I’ve put my whole being into this project and so have others. It is sad; I am sad.”
Sadness notwithstanding, Schulz plans to make Eden’s last dance a happy one.
“It’s a celebration. We’re opening at 9 p.m. Nothing will be more than five dollars. We plan to make it a special night.”
Schulz was hesitant to place blame for the breakdown in negotiations with Eden’s landlord, but indicated that the issue separating the two parties from reaching an agreement started out as an economic one, but ultimately grew to cover multiple issues.
“I don’t think she’s a member of our (LGBT) community,” he said when asked if he thought the problem had anything to do with the LGBT demographic to which Eden caters. “But I have no doubt that she is an ally. There’s no problem in that regard.”
Read more detail about what really happened to cause Eden to close its doors once and for all at LGBTweekly.com
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