Dave Chappelle has a running joke that he “he just got this money” after his initial $60 million deal with Netflix in 2016. Fortunately, he is putting that money to good use building a comedy club in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The Springfield News-Sun reports, “The Yellow Springs Development Corp. finalized an agreement to sell the Miami Township Fire Station to Iron Table Holdings, LLC…Iron Table Holdings is owned by Chappelle.” The article goes on to state, “We think this will bring a new class of jobs to town. We also considered that [Chappelle] is a minority business owner, he has a history of employing minorities and he is a person who has a clear commitment to amplifying voices of color.”
Chappelle’s company was one of six potential buyers for the fire station, but only three — including Chapelle’s — were detailed enough to be taken seriously. Springfield News-Sun also reports the closing of the deal was delayed because The Yellow Springs Development Corp. did not have the deed to the property and Chappelle’s lawyers were hesitant to finalize the purchase without it. Unfortunately, issues compounded when it was discovered the parcel was not documented properly and had to be surveyed and reappraised.
A sample floorpan is included in the original article, which shows a total capacity of 140 people — including outdoor patio space — under COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. One important detail to note from the floor plan is the dining room and bar are completely separate from the show room. As any comic will tell you, food and bar noise are the enemy of live comedy, and it makes perfect sense a veteran stand-up like Chappelle would ensure that mistake will not be made.
Yellow Springs Development Corporation board member, Corrie Van Ausdal, said Chappelle’s club, “is a thing people would come to town for” and will be “the highest and best use of the space.” In a way, Chappelle already demonstrated his ability to operate a comedy club in Yellow Springs, based on the “comedy camp” he operated through the summer of 2020. Comics such as Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Michelle Wolf, Chris Tucker, and Louis C.K. all supported his run of outdoor shows, and David Letterman even went to “camp” to interview Chappelle for his Netflix show,My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. In addition to plans for a comedy club, Table Holdings, LLC also purchased several properties in and around Yellow Springs totaling $1.6 million, with plans to convert at least one of them into apartments with a hair and nail salon on the ground floor.
BY JONATHAN COFIELD