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More Messy Details On The "Toxic Environment" At The Former Meridian

Friday evening, Rocks Off met with Jeff Barry, the attorney who represents both SG Properties, owner of the now-nameless music venue at 1503 Chartres, and SG owner Gary Katz, about the events that transpired earlier this week that you can read about here and here. The tired-looking lawyer said he had slept maybe 10 hours this week since being notified of the situation in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday morning.

According to Barry, Anosh Ahmed, the tenant who was locked out less than 24 hours later, has accumulated more than $50,000 in debt to SG Properties, bounced several checks, raised "serious payroll concerns" regarding employees of the former Wired Live, allowed at least one health-inspection permit to expire and has been contacted by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for failure to remit to wholesalers or distributors.

Barry declined to go into specifics over how many checks were bounced or who they were written to, except to say they were to "parties I represent or parties that approached me" and that he is "pursuing collection through proper channels."

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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