Whatever happened at the Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium appears to be getting sorted out. According to WATE and the News Sentinel, the clubs, located in the buildings formerly occupied by the Valarium and the Cider House, were cited for nonpayment of taxes and padlocked yesterday morning; the club management issued a brief statement on Facebook last night that said the club would be back open today and for the foreseeable future.
In a short interview this afternoon, Blackstock manager Jay Harris said yesterday's events were related to the previous ownership. "We're having to clean up that mess that was left here," he says. "But it is taken care of. We're back in the building and the doors are open and everything's good. Like I said, it's just another speed bump in the road to getting things moving, and everything's looking good now."
The Blackstock opened in March, just a few months after the abrupt closing of the Valarium in November. The reasons for the Valarium's demise were complicated--the club's owner, Gary Mitchell, said new state regulations about alcohol sales would force the club to sell food and open on nights when they didn't have shows, but 2010 changes to state law had actually made liquor and beer sales easier for the club. Earlier in 2012, Mitchell had indicated in a Metro Pulse interview that the club was in financial trouble.
The Tennessee Department of Revenue can't comment on private tax information.