Thursday, October 20, 2011

This weekend may be last for Xpressions nightclub

Why this weekend might be the last for Xpressions nightclub.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Xpressions has to close on Oct. 24.
  • Xpressions has to close on Oct. 24.
Xpressions, the troubled downtown nightspot, is running out of time and legal maneuvers.

After forcing an ownership change last year, City of Kansas City, Missouri, liquor inspectors have been trying to shut down the nightclub at 220 Admiral Boulevard. In March, after a drive-by shooting that city officials said originated from a dispute at the club, the city's Regulated Industries Division notified the owners, Eric and Natasha Union, that Xpressions had flunked its probationary period. The Unions bought the business last December from Del Hedgepath, who operated clubs in the space that were notorious for shootings, fights and other mayhem that frequently spilled into the streets.

In August, the city's Liquor Control Board of Review upheld the decision to yank the club's license. The Unions went to court in the hopes of overturning the revocation. Jackson County Judge Brent Powell issued a stay, which allowed the club to remain open as he weighed the evidence.

Last week, Powell lifted the stay, meaning that the revocation is in effect. The club has until October 24 to sell the last of its booze. "As of this moment, unless we hear something different from the court, they'll be closed," Gary Majors, the manager of the Regulated Industries Division, says.

But maybe not for good. The Unions' appeal of the liquor board's decision remains before Powell. A hearing is scheduled for November 14.


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