Jan. 9 2009 12:00 AM

The Chrome Cat, a lesbian-themed nightclub in Old Town that will replace Rendezvous on the Grand (see full story “New Cat in town” from Jan. 7), will open as planned at 4 p.m. today. 

A restraining order that would have prevented the new club from opening was set aside this morning in court.

“Our injunction is released, so we’re open for business,” Michelle Taylor, co-owner of The Chrome Cat, said Friday.

Ingham County Circuit Judge Paula M. Manderfield granted the restraining order Wednesday sought by Douglas Cunningham, a Rendezvous creditor. Cunningham’s suit names as defendants Rendezvous owners Patsy McClure and Nancy Holcomb, Chrome Cat owners Michelle Taylor and Lisa Whitehead and building owner Thomas Donall.

“Upon a careful review of what had been filed by the plaintiff, in light of the actual circumstances, there was not a sufficient basis for any injunctive relief,” said Fred Lovejoy, the attorney representing Taylor, Whitehead and Donall.

Cunningham alleges he was not contacted about the sale of Rendezvous. He claims to have been kept in the dark about the status of his investment. According to his suit, he invested over $50,400.

The restraining order asked that cause be shown as to why Rendezvous should cease to operate while Cunningham took legal action to protect his investment.

Cunningham said Friday that he still has a suit pending against the defendants, but is evaluating what his next step will be.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Thomas Donall's last name. We regret the error.

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