Duluth, Eddie’s Attic founder extend agreement

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 1, 2014

This story has been updated. 

The founder of Eddie’s Attic in Decatur has extended his agreement with the city of Duluth to continue presenting shows at the city’s Red Clay Theater, according to a statement from the city.

Eddie Owen founded the Decatur theater that bears his name, Eddie’s Attic, in 1992 but sold the venue in 2002. Ownership of the venue has changed hands a few times since. The current owners fired him 2012.

The extension will keep Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theater for another five years, according to the city of Duluth.

“The City of Duluth understands the importance of nightlife in the downtown and the significance of the arts for the community. We are committed to cultivating the arts and continuing the development and redevelopment of our downtown, and Eddie Owen is a big part of making Downtown Duluth the place to be,” Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris said in a press release.

Attempts to reach Owen so far have been unsuccessful.

The press release from the city says Owen wants to provide “the finest listening venue in the world.”

“You can’t find 260 seats with this asset base anywhere but here in Duluth in this building,” Owen said in the press release.

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  • fmfats

    Eddie Owen did not own Eddie’s Attic when it was sold in 2012. Bob Ephlin was the owner and Eddie was an employee.

    • The story didn’t say that, but I’ve split the sentence up to make it more clear.

  • fmfats

    It still reads like Owen sold it to Alex and Dave. Maybe I’m obtuse.

    • I think it’s a matter of the source material not containing a detailed chronology. The Atlanta Magazine graph doesn’t recite the chain of ownership and it’s not something I would know off the top of my head. I can try to add that language to make it more clear.

  • Eddie Owen

    hey dan and fmfats. i opened and owned eddie’s attic in 1992. i sold eddie’s attic to todd van sickle in 2002. he sold it to bob ephlin in 2005. i came back to work for bob. bob sold eddie’s attic to current owners in 2011. current owners fired me in 2012. i started eddie owen presents in 2011 in beautiful downtown duluth, at the red clay theatre, and hope to continue here for a LONG time! music school opening this fall, at RCT, and much more to come. great shows, great sound, great facility. and as paul harvey would have said, “that’s the rest of the story”. thanx for listening.

    • Thanks for clearing that up for us, Eddie. When in doubt, consult the source.

  • L.A.

    Congrats EO. Refused to step foot in that Decatur establishment ever again. You ARE Eddie’s Attic.

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