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Popular nightclub closes

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A popular nightclub at Kimball Junction has been forced to close, the authorities said.

"On New Year’s Day they will be surrendering their license," said Sharon Mackay, a spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "They’re giving up their private club license."

A 40-day suspension imposed on Suede Nov. 22 means the establishment will not reopen before the license is given up, Mackay said.

"Violations included sale to intoxicated persons, employees consuming on duty, sales to minor, non-member entry and sale, and a few other things," she said.

Club Suede partner Eric Oldham wasn’t immediately available to comment about the case.

Mackay called the sanctions against Suede "very significant." The violations occurred on Jan. 24 and 27, she said, adding that, on Nov. 15, the owners of Suede were ordered to pay a $19,500 fine.

"That is something they agreed to because if [the license is] revoked that would prohibit anyone involved (with Suede) from reapplying for three years," Mackay said in a telephone interview. "Suspension is always a better way to go."

According to the Club Suede Web site, renovations are underway to turn the establishment into a "hip new restaurant with very fairly priced fare."

"The menu will be a Mexican-type cuisine and will be brought to you with help of the Blue Iguana in Salt Lake City," the announcement on the Web site states.

The owners have "amazing winter music" lined up, the Web site states.

"We have decided to lower occupancy to better accommodate our great guests. But we will also continue with the smaller hip hop and reggae events all year long," the Web site states.

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