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Wednesday, January 27,2010

Small Planet, big rumors

Manager says club won't close Saturday

by James Sanford

If you checked the Web site of The Small Planet (www.thesmallplanet.info) earlier this week, you might have thought the Planet was about to go into eclipse.


The homepage warned the East Lansing restaurant/nightclub, located at 16800 Chandler Road, would shut down Saturday, Jan. 30, and would soon “be undergoing a massive facelift. The new product will emerge soon with a new look, new theme, and new name.”


Don’t believe it, says Small Planet manager Mike Krueger. Yes, the Planet has canceled many of its upcoming shows, or moved them to new locations. The “Hometown Rock Crown Battle for Band Supremacy” scheduled for Saturday night — featuring the bands Broken Silence, Wine Me Up, Quarter Past Never, Stay Awake and T.O.K.I.N. — will now be held at The Loft at Harem Urban Lounge, 414 East Michigan Avenue.


But Krueger says talk of the business folding was "just rumors," and the misinformation was given to the club’s web designer.


" We are not closing," Krueger said in an interview late Tuesday night. "Yes, some shows have been canceled or move- But others will take their place."


The Web site had been revised by Tuesday evening.


Small Planet staff and management declined to comment on reports the business has been purchased by a development group including restaurateur Harry Saites, co-owner of the recently opened Enso in East Lansing.

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