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November 13, 2009

Liquor board shutters Club 410

Club 410 is finished.

The troubled bar on the 4500 block of Belair Road, which had already been padlocked by police, had its license indefinitely suspended by the liquor board yesterday. The board returned the license to the creditor and ordered the creditor to move the license out of the neighborhood, chairman Stephan Fogleman said.

"People have to have a little safety and peace when they have a beer," Fogleman said.

They certainly didn't get much of either when Club 410 was open ...

Remember this laundry list of violations brought against the club?

Half the charges were dismissed, Fogleman said. But in yesterday's hearing, it was revealed that a convicted felon named Vernon Harris had a financial stake in the club. That's a big no-no, which made the board's decision to shutter the club even easier.

Here are some more details, courtesy of this piece by Sun reporter Brent Jones:

The club's licensees, Andrea Huff and Scott Brooks, testified that they were not the ones running the day-to-day operations of the club, but Commissioner Stephan Fogleman said, "When you have no administration and you allow for gross negligence, you will be held responsible."

Huff works in the city's 311 call center, and Brooks is a city schools employee. The former manager of the club, Tomeka Harris, was part of a federal indictment that included 24 people who authorities believe are leaders or associates of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang. Authorities claimed the club was a gang hangout.

Yikes.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:53 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs
        

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Brooks Huff?

Hmmm, it makes me wonder if Ms. Huff ever took 311 complaints about Club 410.

Yes, but they had signs advertising $1 crabs on Tuesdays and poetry contests!

Poetry!

Crabs!

How bad can they be?

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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.

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