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Babalu shuttered for operating without license

June 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Babalu Mambo Room, the bar/nightclub on the corner of N. 45th and Wallingford Ave., has shut down rather than lose all its liquor, reports.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board revoked Babalu’s license in April because the owners weren’t serving food, a requirement when bars sell hard liquor. Offering $99 TV dinners wasn’t fooling anyone.

A sign on the Babalu door says it’s closed for HVAC renovations, but uncovered this:

On May 25th, WSLCB officials delivered a letter to Babalu’s owner noting that liquor agents had visited the bar on May 14th,15th and 21st, and caught the club operating without a license. Consequently, the WSLCB told Babalu’s owners they could shut down, or hand over their hooch.

On May 19, the Babalu owners applied for a new liquor license.

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