ABC license denied to new owner of Velvet building

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The newest owner of the building which once was the Velvet strip club in Shockoe Bottom won't be selling alcohol anytime in the immediate future.

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted this week to suspend the alcohol license for a year.

The new owner had planned to open a restaurant called Rouge, and applied for the alcohol permit last month.

Under state law, the ABC board may refuse to allow a hearing on a license request if a license for that location has been refused or revoked within 12 months.

The new owner may reapply for a license on May 18 of next year.

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