In an attempt by the City of Denver to close Beta Event Center, the LoDo nightclub began to fight.
Late on Oct. 11, attorneys representing Beta and its owner filed a motion to vacate a temporary restraining order Judge Beth Farragher of Denver County Court released on Sept. 26 in response to Denver’s claims that the Beta had become a nuisance to the public. If Beta does not respond on October 11, the club will be closed, even temporarily, that night; Beta’s filing requires judge Faragher to vacate the order and conduct a hearing so the city and Beta can discuss whether the closure is necessary or appropriate.
“Movants has tried to resolve this matter with the City, lacking extreme closure relief, but has provided no proposals for what changes the City believes are best to meet its concerns. If the City will act. of actions that would cause extreme hardship and irreparable harm to Movants, this Court must require a good effort by the City to resolve this matter in short closing, ”lawyers from the firms of law of Springer and Steinberg at Foster, Graham, Milstein and Calisher write on their motion.
In their complaint, the Denver City Attorney’s Office at Denver Police Department It is claimed that Beta has become a nuisance to the public due to on-site drug dealing and a patron carrying an illegal concealed gun.
Ang Denver Department of Excise and Licenses also filed a Show Cause lawsuit against Beta, and sought to revoke the dance cabaret and tavern license at the venue for alleged violations of the law and code, including the use of unlicensed security guards. Excise and Licenses has a hearing schedule for Oct. 18.
In the meantime, Beta is fighting to stay open by fighting the case of public nuisance, arguing that the crimes attributed to the venue were not attributed to the club itself.
In June, two undercover Denver vice detectives went to Beta dressed as patrons and asked people at the cocaine club. The two then took a bag to the bathroom, where they took a sample that tested positive for the drug. “The undercover police came in and bought coke from a customer,” observed Valentes Corleons, the owner of Beta. “Why didn’t you arrest him? And why blame me? I have eight policemen in the building. ”
Beta’s Oct. 11 filing indicates that the man who helped provide cocaine to the two detectives has since been charged with “possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.” But the billed “is not an employee, manager, or agent” of Beta, according to the filing.
Both DPD officers returned to Beta another night in June and again attempted to take cocaine. However, at this time, detectives found a substance that eventually tested negative for cocaine. No charges were filed in connection with dealing with counterfeit cocaine.
Beta also denies the charge is in any way related to the person illegally carrying a concealed firearm. Although the Denver Police Department claims the suspects involved in the incident were in a group of men who had just been released from the club, “no other evidence exists to suggest they were in the possession,” according to Beta’s lawyer.
Westword reached out to a Beta attorney and the City Attorney’s Office for comment.
The Excise and License case against Beta revolves around testimony from undercover vice detectives, but also from a police officer working on Beta over the summer. That police officer reported to colleagues that “fights are not uncommon at the location and the security staff regularly reports to him clashes between rival members of the gang “and the management that” has shown no interest in preventing potentially violent individuals from entering the club. ”Beta will no longer be able to employ off-duty police officers due to the nuisance case in public.
This specific Show Cause order marks the second time the Beta has been hit by one under the ownership of the Corleons, who took over the club’s operations shortly after it opened in late 2019 following a long closure. In September 2020, Beta faced a Show Cause lawsuit alleging that it violated COVID policies in June. That case ended in a settlement agreement between the city and Beta.
Corleon, whose other areas, such as Dorchester Social is now closed, have faced city administrative action, proving he is being targeted because his clubs carry Black patrons. Corleons did not respond to a question about whether the Beta will remain open for timebeing.