This afternoon, we spoke to Betty Fox, the daughter of Antoinette K-Doe, who has been keeping the family's Mother-in-Law Lounge open for a year and a half since her mother passed away unexpectedly on Mardi Gras 2009. Betty sounded exhausted down to her soul.
"I really have to do this. It's actually overwhelming," she said. "Everybody has a certain niche for something. My mama's niche was this place, but it's not mine. It's just not mine. I been doing this a year and a half and I'm just tired."
Regarding the sale of the bar's contents, Betty said she was keeping the family's personal mementos (including the famous K-Doe mannequin, the costumes, and the photos), but would be selling the fixtures at a garage sale/silent auction on July 10. "I'm going to sell the tubs in the yard, and some of the household stuff, but I'm keeping the family things. I want to maybe open a museum in a year or so.
"Right now I need to find a house," she said. "I been sleeping on a couch in the bar for a year and a half. People don't know that. Upstairs, there's no electricity or water, there's mold, and the termites have eaten up everything, it's not livable ... people don't know the half of it. I want to get me a house.
"I have to do this," she said, "for my own sanity."
The garage sale/silent auction begins at 10 a.m. on Sat. July 10 at the Mother-in-Law.