Boogie nightclub cedes permit

Boogie in Anaheim, facing other woes, agrees to give up its liquor license.


The Orange County Register.
 
TROUBLED: The club must stop serving alcohol in August, which some say will probably be the end of the hotspot.

FILE PHOTO: KEVIN SULLIVAN, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Nightclub timeline
 

 

1977: First opened as the Crescendo, with disco format.
1980: Renamed The Cowboy, with country format.
1984: Renamed; Bandstand - Top 40 format.
1991: Renamed Cowboy Boogie - country format.
1999: Renamed the Boogie; Top 40 and hip-hop format.

Liquor license
 

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control had active complaints against the Boogie before reaching a settlement agreement.

Jan. 23, 2006, complaint
Twenty-nine counts, including lewd conduct, illegal alcohol sales and creating a law-enforcement problem.
Revocation was recommended.

 

July 26, 2005, complaint
Twenty-one counts, including unlawful use of force by employees, alcohol sales to a minor and excessive use of police resources.
Revocation was recommended.

April 18, 2004, complaint
Sixteen counts of lewd conduct:
The license was suspended for 30 days, ending June 10.

ANAHEIM- The Boogie nightclub agreed to give up its liquor license, marking the probable demise of the longtime hotspot that's been a constant source of police calls and complaints.

On Friday, Boogie officials signed off on an agreement with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which was in the process of revoking the club's license, said Boogie attorney Stephen Solomon. The Disneyland Resort-area club must stop serving alcohol after Aug. 17.

Under the agreement, the Boogie must transfer the license to another person at another location, said John Carr, an ABC spokesman. Pending charges will be dropped.

Some police and business owners said they are thrilled with the likely end of the 18-and-over club, which drew patrons that spread crime throughout the area. A record 2,534 police calls came from the Boogie's address from January 2000 through March.

"It's a great relief for the department not to have to expend that much manpower policing that place," said Lt. Dave Vangsness of the Anaheim Police Department.

In fight with city

The Boogie was already facing trouble before reaching the settlement. The largest club in Orange County is in the middle of a 30-day suspension which ends June 10 because of lewd conduct problems. The city is trying to pull the club's dance-hall permit, which is up for a hearing Tuesday.

Owner Jack Wade, who didn't return a phone call, has operated the club with formats ranging from disco to hip hop for almost three decades. Solomon said the Boogie decided to settle because of problems with the lease.

"If you don't have a place to have a business, you reach a point where you can't fight anymore," Solomon said.

Property owner Charles McNees has leased the property to Wade, but he declined to discuss the status: "It's a real loss to a lot of people who have gone to that club and used it and enjoyed it."

Looking ahead

The land is zoned for hotel, restaurant or retail venues. City Planning Director Sheri Vander Dussen said she has talked to restaurant brokers who have expressed interest in opening a site in the resort area, but they have not discussed the specific location. A freestanding eatery, such Claim Jumper Restaurant or Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, could work on the well-placed plot, Vander Dussen said.

"We think a destination-type restaurant would really be a nice asset to the area," she said.

Soon, younger clubbers may have to find another place to dance.

Michael Garrison, 24, of Garden Grove said he first went to the Boogie for his 18th birthday and still frequents the club a few times each year.

"It's a shame because it's almost like a household name," Garrison said. "If it's going to be closing, I think it's going to hit us really hard."