The Crocodile Cafe, a revered Seattle nightclub, will remain closed, as Groupee Venues' deal to purchase the club from owner Stephanie Dorgan has fallen through.

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The mystery at Second and Blanchard just took another twist, as a potential deal to purchase the Crocodile Cafe has now apparently fallen through.

“Groupee Venues withdrew their liquor-license application on Monday,” according to Anne Radford of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

In early January, a few weeks after the venerable Belltown rock club suddenly closed, Groupee Inc. applied for the Crocodile’s liquor license. This apparently signaled Groupee was purchasing the Crocodile, but at the time, Groupee’s Lori Hope would say only, “I cannot confirm or deny that.”

Hope did not immediately return a call on Tuesday.

Groupee, a software-development company formerly known as Infopop Corporation, had no experience in running a club, let alone taking over from one of Seattle’s most beloved venues.

The Crocodile Cafe was opened in 1991 by attorney-turned-businesswoman Stephanie Dorgan. She has not publicly stated the reason for closing the Crocodile in December. Dorgan did not return a phone call Tuesday.

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