'Boogie' Loses Its Liquor License In Anaheim

Extracted on Jan 9, 2007, here

August 17, 2006

Drinkers will have to find a new place to boogie in Anaheim. The county's largest nightclub, known as The Boogie, had its liquor license revoked Thursday by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, effective immediately.

In pulling the club's license, ABC officials cited sales of alcohol to minors and numerous fights, and said the owners allowed a public nuisance and illegal activity to exist even though they were told to correct problems.

"We are hoping that our enforcement will help reduce crime and increase the quality of life in this community," according to ABC Director Jerry Jolly.

The owners must transfer the liquor license to another person who will not be able to sell alcohol at the club at 1721 S. Manchester Ave., and no other business will be able to sell alcohol there for at least a year.

Although the club can no longer serve alcohol, owner Jack Wade said he will try to keep it open.

"We run without liquor," he said.

When the club's license was suspended in May, it stayed open without alcohol.

The club first opened in 1977 as a disco called Crescendo. In 1980 it became a country bar called The Cowboy.

In 1984 it adopted a Top 40 format and became Bandstand. In 1991, it was renamed Cowboy Boogie with a return to a country format, and in 1999 it became simply The Boogie, returning to a Top 40 format, along with hip hop.

Last March, Armand Jones, an aspiring rapper who had a small part in a Hilary Swank movie, was shot to death at a Denny's restaurant after going to the club.

Wade told the Orange County Register last May that he had run the 20,000- square-foot club with four dance floors and two bars for 30 years.

"I have a long history of being a great guy," he said. "All of a sudden, I'm playing hip-hop and I've turned into a monster."

He told the newspaper that he tried to keep the venue safe, hiring 60-70 security guards, ordering vehicle searches and installing cameras. Wade said he did everything requested except get rid of the 18-20 year old crowd.

The club bills itself as a "16 and over nightclub."

An ABC official said that because the business also serves food, it can allow entry to people under 21.

The club's license was suspended three times previously:
-- 30 days in May for violation of adult entertainment ordinances;
-- 20 days in 2000 for adult entertainment violations; and
-- A suspension in 1998 for serving an obviously intoxicated person.