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Troubled nightclub loses its liquor license

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – The owners of a downtown St. Louis nightclub say they will appeal after a judge revoked the club's liquor license.

Municipal Judge Margaret Walsh reached the decision Monday in the case of the Lure nightclub. Citations included accusations it was a "disorderly place" and had recurring "improper acts."

Unless the decision is overturned, the nightclub stands to lose its liquor license effective Oct. 17.

Kwame Developers, the owner of the building that houses Lure and several lofts, said they would not have a statement about a possible vacancy at the first-floor space Lure currently occupies. But the company did submit a letter in support of the club at the Sept. 3rd hearing

Matt O'Leary, the leader of a parallel neighborhood effort to get the club declared a nuisance, said the group has not decided if they will proceed with their attempts to shut down the club. The liquor commissioner is in the process of reviewing petition signatures, O'Leary said. If club opponents get enough signatures, the burden would fall to Lure to prove that it is not a detriment.

Earlier this year the city threatened action against Lure and two other downtown nightclubs after reports of indecency, violence and noise. The other clubs - Club 15 and Sugar Lounge - have been working with the city to address noise and violence issues, though there are no official agreements.

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