Troubled E Olive Way dance club The Social has won a battle with the state’s liquor control board. The war still awaits.
In a ruling made Thursday morning, the club has won a temporary restoration of its liquor license into early March allowing it to reopen this weekend. The Social has been closed since last weekend after the last in a series of temporary licenses expired and the club had thus far been rebuffed in its attempts to secure its permanent license to serve alcohol.
CHS reported earlier this week that The Social’s management sued the state to win its right to serve to serve liquor and is claiming damages of $75,000 for every weekend the club is closed. Meanwhile, CHS has learned that the state and city officials have collected information about the noise from the club and an October shooting incident outside The Social. The liquor board is also looking at possible discrepancies in the licensing application information submitted by The Social’s management.
The temporary license will cover the club until a March hearing on its case against the state, a liquor board representative tells CHS.
The news of the reopening will likely not be popular with many neighbors of The Social who have taken to the CHS comments to complain further about the noise and crowds outside the club. However, organizers of this weekend’s Academy Awards party to benefit Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Gay City Health planned to be held at The Social can now breathe a sigh of relief that their event won’t be further complicated by a last-minute scramble