Denver nightclub Beta may close at least October 10th temporarily

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The beta version will have to close soon.

Evan Simon

beta event center, a nightclub located at 1909 Blake Street in a downtown part that has been the scene of several violent crimes this year, will need to close temporarily this weekend, according to a judge’s order.

On September 26, Judge Beit Faraj Denver District Court Granted a request for a temporary restraining order filed by the City of Denver, claiming Petta had become a public nuisance.

Usually, when a judge grants a temporary restraining order, the club has ten days before it must close, at least temporarily. Under these rules, the beta should have closed on October 7. However, “according to the return of service filed on October 5, the temporary restraining order was not filed until September 30—so the defendant’s attorney has until October 10 to file an order to vacate or amend the temporary restraining order. If they do not file by October 10, the restraining order will be entered. provisional, which prevents any further procedural irregularities,” says Jacqueline Davis, a spokesperson Denver city attorney’s office.

When asked about the temporary restraining order, Beta owner Valentis Corleone, who argued that the city is targeting it because the place’s customers are black, replied, “There’s nothing new, so we’re preparing for court. I should know something about this week.”

At the same time that the city was filing a public nuisance case against PETA, it had set a hearing regarding the possible removal of the venue’s discotheque and bar license due to alleged law and law violations that occurred at the club, including the use of unlicensed security. Guards and occupancy. On October 18, a Denver Tax and Licensing Department He will hold an administrative hearing, officially called Show Cause Hearing, where Beta and Corleons will be able to argue against the allegations.

The Tax and Licensing Hearing is the second time in the past 18 months that BETA has been subject to a cause-and-effect order for code violations. In September 2020, the administration issued an order requiring BETA to violate COVID rules in June. This case ended with a settlement agreement between the city and Beta.

The most recent Show Cause order includes a description of deputy undercover detectives in Denver buying cocaine from a benefactor in one case and purchasing what later turned out to be counterfeit cocaine in another.

“The secret police went in and bought Coke from a customer. Why didn’t you arrest him? Why would I be blamed? I have eight cops in the building,” Corleons says.

But due to the issue of public nuisance, PETA is no longer able to hire off-duty police officers.

If the temporary restraining order goes into effect on October 10, as scheduled, this weekend could be the last beta — at least for the time being.


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