In his "Mixed Use" column at The Villager, Patrick Hedlund follows up on the news last week that Le Souk is losing its liquor license. Residents who live near the hookah hotspot on Avenue B near Fourth Street shouldn't celebrate just yet.
Susan Stetzer, Board 3's district manager, said that despite the recent action, the club was up and running this past weekend.
"People that live in the area were celebrating the news, and by Sunday night they were complaining to the community board," she said.
The S.L.A. only has the power to confiscate liquor licenses and can't actually close the location. According to Stetzer, police at the East Village's Ninth Precinct had not been contacted about the ruling or asked to take any action.
"I must say, I'm a little frustrated," she added, recalling that after Le Souk's first cancellation, the club continued to operate for eight months. "It is really difficult to get any information on what the S.L.A. is doing about this."
UPDATE! Per the comments:
"I live across the street from Le Souk and couldn't wait for it to close! Two nights ago it finally closed down. No restaurant, no club, no bouncers, traffic, or underage squealers or fighters."
I live across the street from Le Souk and couldn't wait for it to close! Two nights ago it finally closed down. No restaurant, no club, no bouncers, traffic, or underage squealers or fighters.
I guess it took a few days? Again, just because it lost a liquor license doesn't mean the club is closed. It just means it can't serve liquor. I also contacted the 9th Precinct and they said they had no news re: Le Souk.
China 1 was noisy last night but Le Souk was, blessedly, quiet.
Thanks, EVG for your ongoing coverage!
Thanks for the update, Stacie.
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