Keeping a Capitol Hill nightclub in business ain’t easy.
With The Social facing a hearing next week to determine if it can secure a permanent liquor license to continue operating on E Olive Way, E Pine’s R Place is also facing a bureaucratic challenge — though this one may be less onerous than working with the state liquor board.
According to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development and the City’ Attorney’s office, R Place never obtained final approval for its 23-years-ago construction as a nightclub and did not received an official Certificate of Occupancy from the city.
Mind you, R Place has been boogeying down on E Pine since the ’90s. Meanwhile, a construction permit dating all the way back to 1989 has since expired.
In the meantime, the club is open and as ready for business as ever.
If the situation seems familiar it’s because something similar has, indeed, happened here before. In February 2012, CHS reported on similar issues with nightclub permitting faced by Neighbours. The club seems to have come through the DPD challenges, at least, just fine.
We reached out to R Place management to learn more about the situation but owner Steve Timmons has not responded.
Before you get too worried about the big R, a DPD spokesperson tells us these situations are “typically easy to resolve” and involve a business working with the agency to renew the permit and then going through an inspection and approval process with the agency.
Only one wrinkle: When we asked DPD about the situation on February 6th, we were told that R Place hadn’t yet responded to warning letters and that the case was going to be referred to the City Attorney for litigation. That same day, it turns out, R Place was granted an extension until mid-March to get the permitting and inspection process with DPD worked out.