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Court hearing over Lure nightclub cancelled

by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 17 at 3:20 PM

The owners of Lure, a nightclub at the corner of Washington Avenue and Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis, are no longer moving forward with plans to try and stall a petition that supports shutting the club down.

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis has been gathering signatures in support of the city revoking Lure's liquor license. Lure filed suit against the downtown group to prevent the group from continuing to gather signatures.

The controversy follows a rash of disturbances downtown. The city has blamed club patrons for causing fights outside the club.

Friday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order to stop the circulation of the petition. Monday morning, the judge threw out the order saying Lure didn't provide enough notice for The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis to respond.

Lure's attorney planned to appear in court again on Tuesday, but we've learned that the hearing was cancelled.  When reached by phone, Freeman Bosley, Jr. said that Lure was no longer pursuing a lawsuit to halt the circulation of the petition.  Bosley said the club owners had a successful meeting Tuesday morning with the police department, excise commissioner, and director of public safety. 

Bosley said that many issues may soon be resolved as a result of that meeting.

I asked Bosley if any representatives from The Downtown St. Louis Partnership were present at the meeting.  Bosley said no, but he also added that his clients no longer believed a lawsuit was necessary.

Bosley said a liquor license hearing is still set for August 27th.  The city's excise commissioner could decide to revoke or suspend Lure's liquor license.

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