Jun 19, 2011 12:16 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - At the request of a group of theater
boosters, a New Orleans judge has ordered the board of Le Petit
Theatre du Vieux Carre to temporarily halt steps to sell part of
the theater building for use as a restaurant.
The theater board had agreed to sell 60 percent of the French
Quarter building to the Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group. The board
would retain control of the 365-seat main theater.
Judge Kern Reese scheduled a hearing for June 24 on whether to
extend or cancel his order.
Board leaders said the sale would solve financial problems.
However, Jim Walpole, president of the Le Petit Theatre Guild, a
booster organization, criticized what he called haste and a lack of
transparency surrounding the Brennan deal. He sought the order from