Waid Sanvil tells CHS he’s calling it quits in his fight against the state to retain his liquor license for his nightclub and restaurant at 12th and Jefferson.
Following a contentious Tuesday hearing and after missing a key deadline for filing an appeal by a matter of days, Sanvil confirmed to CHS that he has had enough of the tussle but plans to keep Waid’s open — without a liquor license. He says his options include continuing to operate the restaurant by day and operating as a private club, an after hours venue or a hookah bar. Waid’s is already promoting itself as a daytime World Cup venue with three HD screens showing games. Of course, the promotion might need a tweak given what Sanvil says is his decision to quit the fight — the happy hour beer and booze specials would likely have to go.
In February, CHS spoke with Sainvil who said racism and the push of gentrification was driving authorities to target his establishment after a series of liquor and drug violations at the 12th and Jefferson bar.
“It’s a black thing,” Sainvil said. “This is the only place in Seattle where black people from all over hang out.”
According to a liquor board representative, Waid’s faced five enforcement violations and one licensing issue that were to be examined in court over six hearings after the board initially decided not to renew the club’s license.
We have not yet confirmed what the next steps will be for the liquor board in the case. UPDATE: Sanvil has agreed to the revocation of his license and will be unable to sell liquor as of next week.
This year’s push follows a string of attempts to strip the club of its liquor license over the years. Seattle Times columnist and Central District resident Danny Westneat wrote about the last round of challenges for Waid’s in 2010.
In march, many Waid’s patrons and friends attended a community meeting with Seattle Police to voice their support for the dance and music venue.
UPDATE: Sanvil posted the following message to Facebook:
After years of fighting the City and the WSLB, on my own terms I have decided to relinquish my liquor license. This week is my last week serving liquor at Waids. Thank you to all for all the supports. This is simply a new chapter. Waids is not being close. If you’re a promoter looking for an all ages venue, here it is. If you’re a promoter looking for an after hour venue, here it is. Anyway, so is life. Sometimes, gotta move on.