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Friday, August 19, 2011

State Pulls Club Allure's Liquor License After Years of Problems

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Bullets from the last shooting hit John Qs
  • Bullets from the last shooting hit John Q's

If you wanted to know what it takes for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to pull a liquor license from a bar, here's the final tally of problems at Club Allure that led the state to not renew its license:

— 173 calls to the cops between Jan. 1, 2009 through July 6, 2010, according to the Plain Dealer. 25% of which involved violent crimes.

— Four shootings in the last three years, the latest gunshots ringing out this June.

— Oh, there's more: "Complaints include fights, sexual activity, drug use, public urination and litter, including broken beer bottles, condoms and drug paraphernalia, according to the letter."

Discarded used condoms, drugs, and bullets? That'll do it.

The Public Square nightclub has been a target of scorn for Councilman Joe Cimperman. The liquor board agrees, writing in its letter to the club's owner that should Club Allure go on being allowed to sling booze, it would "create substantial interference with public decency, peace, sobriety and good order in the neighborhood and the club has operated in a way that demonstrates a disregard of the laws."

Boom. Roasted.

The city had attempted to work with Club Allure to curtail the violence and nuisances, asking for increased security to keep the problems at bay. No dice. And now, no booze. Club Allure will likely appeal the decision.

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