It's not the economy, the stock market, or the cabaret laws anymore. It's the State Liquor Authority! Prominent clubs that have gotten their license pulled or failed to renew recently: the strip club Scores, the ultra-expensive cabaret the Box, and the ultra-exclusive celeb hangout the Beatrice Inn, and more....
- The Beatrice just got theirs reinstated, reports the Observer—much to the chagrin of its sleepy residential neighbors, who want the open-'til-4 coke den gone.
- The Box's license, as previously reported, was not granted renewal last week. Angry neighbors are tired of getting carded on their way to their apartments!
- The East Village bar Death & Company didn't get their license renewed last March; they sued the State Liquor Authority. [Observer]
- Scores totally had it coming: prostitution charges, plus the mobbed-up nature of the organization.
Other than Scores, the rest of these clubs are located in largely residential neighborhoods—perhaps reflecting that people are tired of the mega-club hell of West Chelsea, which was actually zoned for nightlife.
[Photo: Nikola Tamindzic for Home of the Vain]