It’s the new year, and the same old story for Beta Nightclub in Denver. Once again, the future of the beloved venue remains hanging in the balance.
Although the club has historically been instrumental in the development of Denver’s electronic music community, the downtown establishment has continued a long series of closures, reopens, and even a name change. Beta 2.0 in late 2019. Despite its various setbacks, the club continued, despite a new directive from the City of Denver once again forcing operations to come to a halt — perhaps permanently.
According to the report on Denver Post, Beta Nightclub began below law enforcement to investigate the increasing reports of violence occurring in the area.
Police testimony from DPD Officer Glasby revealed that in Beta, “nights without a fight are the exception.” Officials reportedly believe Beta did not do due diligence to reduce the risk of violence, pointing out that patrons wearing gang insignia were routinely admitted to the club and the fact that an officer was in hiding was admitted. while carrying a weapon.
Club owner Valentes Corleons allegedly sought to bribe and intimidate law enforcement in hopes of preventing a crackdown. The recall will take place just four days after one of Corleons ’other establishments, the Cabin Tap House shutting after a deadly shooting on New Year’s Day.
“Disruptive and illegal activities related to the licensed establishment have created an unsafe and dangerous situation and the continued operation of the establishment in this way could endanger public health, welfare and community safety,” wrote Molly Duplechian, representative. director of the licensing department, in order to revoke the bar license.
A Facebook post published on the Beta Event Center’s official page says the Corleons are not guilty of any wrongdoing and suggests they intend to appeal the court’s decision.