Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Boogie nightclub cedes permit
Boogie in Anaheim, facing other woes, agrees to give up its liquor license.
The Orange County Register.
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."
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."