Apr 27, 2007

Club Zen shut down indefinitely

The Zen nightclub which has been the hub of so much controversy lately has been shut down indefinitely. This comes following a decision by the Licensing Committee for the St George West area to revoke the nightclub's special restaurant licence because of its failure to produce a health certificate, yesterday.

Chairman of the Committee Senior Magistrate Lianne Lee Kim brought up the issue yesterday as she dealt with several other applications in the Port of Spain Fourth (A) Court. Police delivered a court order to Club Zen, ordering it closed yesterday.

Deputy Police Commissioner Winston Cooper said: "The matter came up for hearing (yesterday). Zen was given certain instructions by the court and they were unable to comply. They have to close until such time. They have to close until they comply with the law."

Club Zen, which has been at the centre of controversy following last week's spectacle portraying a raunchy dance act involving 15-year-old girl Danah Alleyne and hip-hop artiste Akon, will however, retain its dancehall and liquor licences.

Lee Kim warned that nightclubs which breach the provisions of its licences run the risk of having their licences automatically revoked by the Committee.

She said from all accounts, Club Zen was not a restaurant but a bar and nightclub. She said an application had been made for the renewal of the special restaurant licence on March 15th, but the owners had failed to provide a health certificate and therefore the certificate was never issued.

As a consequence, she said, the restaurant was not licensed. Meantime, Zen owner Johnny Soong said he would comply with the closure.

source: islandevents,TrinidadExpress

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