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The Drying of NYC: SLA Issues Club Mumbai Two-Year 'Timeout'

Club owners beware: SLA fines and penalties can get even worse. As the Post has it, Club Mumbai has had its liquor license suspended for two years, after the club had previously been issued dozens of violations for underage drinking, disorderly premises, excessive noise and blocked exits over the past four years. The suspension applies to club's address, 250 West 26th Street, which eliminates the option of a name change.

The broad power used by the SLA to crack down on the club allows the agency to target the location, rather than just the specific business or owners. Often, when a problem club is shut down, it reopens with the same owners under a new name.

Last year, the SLA used the rule - called "proscription" - just 78 times statewide...

"In essence, it is an acknowledgment that a location is a causal factor in past violations or the landlord is not properly supervising the conduct of his tenant," said SLA spokesman William Crowley.

Club Mumbai owners for their part have accused the SLA of racism and are in touch with Rev. Al Sharpton.
· SLA slaps 24-month liquor timeout on 250 W. 26th [NYP]

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