The fallout continues for W.I.P. nightclub, the location of the infamous bottle throwing incident by musicians Chris Brown and Drake earlier this month.
As predicted, the city snatched the nightspot's liquor license, citing numerous fights, illegal use of the name "W.I.P.", and rampant drug sales on the premises.
The city's action effectively shuts down WiP nightclub (and sister venue Greenhouse) for good. If the owners are thinking about opening somewhere else in the city, they will face hurdles.
Anyone who knows anything about nightclubs knows how difficult it is to get a liquor license. The person whose name is on the application must have a spotless record with no criminal history or bad credit. Some big city mayors are known to take bribes to speed up the application process.
Word on the street is nightclub owners are wary of paying thousands of dollars to Brown or Drake to host parties in their establishments due to the bad press.
The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) ordered the booze ban last night, citing "ten separate assault and altercations beginning on March 11 2012, and leading up to a large brawl at the club on June 14, 2012" -- the night of the Drake vs. Chris Brown fight.
The SLA says it has hit the club with 17 Alcoholic Beverage Control Law violations ... including drug activity (twice) ... lack of supervision ... using the name "W.I.P." without SLA authorization ... and "becoming a drain on police resources."
According to the SLA, the ban is "effective immediately ... no alcohol can be served or consumed on the premises."
Following the brawl, the club was shut down by the NYPD ... now it seems highly unlikely the place will ever open its doors again.
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