Both Blue Moon owner Gus Hellthaler and mayoral nightlife honcho Jordan Royer are reporting that this morning's confab between the two aggrieved parties went well. Says Royer: "We're gonna work things out with Gus and make sure that the Blue Moon remains a great, historic tavern in Seattle—and we're pretty confident things are going to work out in the end."
Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis, state Sen. Ken Jacobsen, and local historian Walt Crowley were also present. One interesting wrinkle, however, is this addendum from Hellthaler concerning elected City Attorney Tom Carr: "His name was never mentioned." Well, it seems like his name should have come up at some point, considering he has the legal authority to file an objection to the Moon's license with or without the mayor. (Although Carr splitting with the mayor's office on an issue such as this would be virtually unprecedented.)
Says Ceis: "The City Attorney, as and independently elected official, has expressed his own view regarding the license renewal. It is my hope that if we reach an agreement with Gus, it will be one that all can support."