The Catwalk is no more. This amazing demonstration in poor management and poor ownership has closed it's doors forever. Thank your lucky stars.
The Catwalk had a long history of over 11 years in the Seattle scene, during that time is struggled to find an identity. Shows ranged from fetish goth parties, to all ages indie rock shows. The owners of the club never truly established any kind of management or business model in 11 years. Hence the ultimate failure of the place.
I personally spent 9 months of 2005 working for the Catwalk as the in house talent buyer. I wasn't paid in that entire time and still to this day just feel happy enough knowing that these people are out of business. I know I will never see a dime of the money they owe, but I am okay with that as long as they are closed.
The bar lacked a manager, security lacked a manager, I worked as the production manager, but it is hard to manage anything when nobody cares about one another or respects each other.
Behind the bar 99% of the time you were met with serious attitudes and negativity. The holier than thou attitude frequently led to altercations and fighting.
Security was pathetic in every aspect. Piss poor and unprofessional is the only way I can explain it. Most of the time any and all fights in the club were started by security and most of those fights dragged out into the street because security did not know how to control themselves or act like professionals.
There is also a certain level of aesthetics that people expect when going to a club and having a bunch of dread locked street kids working in the place or just plain stinking the place up doesn't do it for me.
This was a great learning experience for me, it showed me everything you can possibly do wrong to run a business. Now that the Catwalk is gone and will soon be Heavens we call all sleep easier and dream about the next generation of club at 201 S. Washington. Heavens opens March 24th 2006