Beta Event Centert, a nightclub located at 1909 Blake Street in a part of downtown that’s been the scene of several violent crimes this year, will need to shut down temporarily at the end of this weekend, according to a estimate’s order.
On September 26, estimate Beth Faragher of Denver County Court granted a motion for a permanent restraining order that the City of Denver had filed, claiming that Beta had become a public nuisance.
typically, when a estimate grants a permanent restraining order, a club has ten days before it must to shut down, at the minimum temporarily. Under those rules, Beta should have closed October 7. However, “according to the return of service filed on October 5, the permanent restraining order was not served until September 30 — so the Respondent’s attorneys have until October 10 to file a motion to vacate or modify the permanent restraining order. If they don’t file by October 10, then the permanent restraining order would go into, barring any other procedural irregularities,” says Jacqlin Davis, a spokesperson for the Denver City Attorney’s Office.
Asked about the permanent restraining order, Beta owner Valentes Corleons, who has argued that the city is targeting him because his venue’s clientele is Black, responds that there is “nothing new, so we’re getting ready for court. I should know something this week.”
At the same time the city was filing a public nuisance case against Beta, it had set a hearing regarding the possible removal of the venue’s dance cabaret and tavern license over alleged code and law violations that have taken place at the club, including employing unlicensed security guards and overoccupancy. On October 18, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses will keep up an administrative hearing, formally called a Show Cause Hearing, in which Beta and Corleons will be able to argue against the allegations.
The Excise and Licenses hearing is the second time in the past eighteen months that Beta has been hit by a Show Cause Order related to code violations. In September 2020, the department issued an order charging that Beta had violated COVID rules that June. That case ended with a settlement agreement between the city and Beta.
The most recent Show Cause Order includes a description of undercover Denver vice detectives buying cocaine from a patron in one example and buying what later turned out to be fake cocaine in another.
“Undercover police went in and bought coke from a customer,” Corleons says. “Why didn’t you arrest him? And why am I going to take the blame? I have eight cops in the building.”
Because of the public nuisance case, however, Beta is no longer able to contract with off-duty police officers.
If the permanent restraining order takes effect on October 10, as scheduled, this weekend could be Beta’s last — at the minimum for the time-being.
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