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October 21, 2009

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 ...

Suite's liquor license comes up for renewal around the same time. And I know the liquor board is looking to yank Suite's license. However, there has been some question to whether or not the liquor board can actually revoke the license.

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.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:29 AM | | Comments (1)
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Aren't the Paradox and 1722 also bottle clubs?

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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