Suite Ultralounge could get padlocked after all
It's about time.
In today's paper, Peter Hermann had a great article about how city police are looking into padlocking Suite Ultralounge, the troubled bottle club in the basement of The Belvedere (backstory here and here). They've scheduled a hearing for Nov. 16 at police headquarters ...
At the insistence of a Circuit Court judge, the board recently issued a new set of rules and regulations specificially for bottle clubs (Suite is the only bottle club in the city). But can the liquor board revoke the license based on violations that occurred before the new rules and regs went into place? We'll find out.
Either way, I think it's a good thing the police want to padlock Suite. Hermann's blog has a laundry list of violent crime linked to the club.
Oh, and his article also touches on that letter Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sent to the police in September, urging them to padlock the club.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said his department was already working on building a case when the letter arrived.
"The violence that took place is no secret to anybody," he said. "It's been on our naughty list for some time. While we appreciate their support and involvement in keeping the community safe, this was definitely on the commissioner's radar already."
Told you the letter was just political posturing.Anyway, I'm interested in what will happen at the liquor board and padlock hearings. Looks like we could be in a race to see what agency can shut down Suite first.