Club Rendezvous surrenders alcohol license; Decides to close

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – There is one less place for "teen parties" in Richmond tonight. Club Rendezvous is closing down.

There's been an outcry from businesses on Broad Street in recent weeks about fights on the street and gun shots. It's happened after teen parties let out onto the streets. Police have been called out to Club Rendezvous twice in two months for such incidents. Today owner Gary Murray decided not to fight 11 charges from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that include serving alcohol to underage patrons.

"It's his decision. He's the licensee," said Murray's attorney Sadiq Gil.

Murray told his attorney he would turn over his liquor license. People could be seen cleaning and packing up alcohol inside the club today. Murray's attorney says it wasn't complaints of violence that led to the decision, but a bad economy. The owner says a break-in and burglary in December also helped to put them out of business.

"Most of the electronic equipment, the point of sale machine, the credit card machines and computers were taken," said Sadiq.

Richmond City Councilman Charles Samuels' says the city is not trying to put clubs out of business, but it's trying to send a clear message.

"It certainly shows that the state, as well as the city, are concerned about the venues who choose to put folk's health and safety below their businesses bottom line," said Samuels.

The city plans to offer up a new nightclub ordinance and in it Samuels' says he wants club promoters required to get a license.

"They have to have the license, they've paid their fees, and therefore we know that they're a serious legitimate business and not just someone trying to make a quick dollar off our kids," Samuels said.

The mayor plans to introduce the nightclub ordinance Monday night at the city council meeting.

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