NewsChannel is working to learn more about the closure of local comedy club GutBusterz. As we’ve been reporting,“Gutbusterz Comedy and Grill” at 5535 Saint Joe Road in Fort Wayne has closed it’s doors. Their website says a fire temporarily forced the closure and they’ll reopen at a new location.
NewsChannel 15 has learned that a suit was filed in April against GutBusterz for breach of contract. Court documents show the Plantiff and property owner, Snickerz Inc., filed suit against GutBusterz and Brad and Tara Gerig, the Defendants. The suit states GutBusterz failed to pay more than $460-thousand dollars in back rent and other expenses.
The suit also indicates that because of that default, Snickerz Inc. is entitled to take possession of the property. No official word on where that suit stands now. NewsChannel 15 did hear from one of the Gutbusterz owners Tuesday night. Tara Gerig released a statement saying in part, “It is unclear at this time if GutBusterz will reopen at a different location. We ask our fan base to continue to support the existing comedy scene in Fort Wayne.”
NewsChannel 15 is waiting to hear back from the fire department about what happened at the business. We’ll keep you updated on what we find out.