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Court confirms Last Call case on indefinite hold

February 21, 2008

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Shawnee County District Court confirmed this morning that a legal fight by downtown nightclub Last Call to regain its state liquor license has been put on indefinite hold.

Club owner Dennis Steffes told the Journal-World last week that he was not going to reopen the controversial hip-hop club at 729 N.H. after a shooting incident in early February. He also said since the club wouldn't be reopening that he would not be continuing with the lawsuit alleging the Kansas Department of Revenue improperly refused to renew his drinking establishment license.

This morning the Shawnee County District court confirmed that District Court Judge David E. Bruns ordered an "indefinite stay" in the case.

Steffes hasn't ruled out opening up another business in the 729 N.H. location, which he leases. But he has not said whether it would be another nightclub. State law would allow him to apply for a new liquor license at the location.

Comments

nekansan 7 years, 1 month ago

Steffes is probably just scared of his liability. He's now had 2 employees shot because of the environment in and around his business. I'd be willing to bet his insurance company has more than a few concerns, and would love to know if he is caring properly for his injured employees.

OnlyTheOne 7 years, 1 month ago

Sorry offtotheright that's just not the way it's done here in Lawrence. Don't you realize we're number 7 in Smarts!? Big Guffaw on that one as well as all the naysayers who blame MR. Steffes for the problem OUTSIDE his club.

George_Braziller 7 years, 1 month ago

AGGGHHHH!!!!! Steffes please just give it up and go away!! Tremor's was bad enough but Last Call was even worse. The neighbors will form a lynch mob if you try to put in another one of your crime magnets. Do you not get it? I would like to be able to sit on my porch at night and not risk having a stray bullet hit me or have to clean up the trash that your "patrons" leave on my lawn. They have already left a butcher knife on my lawn and a pistol on a neighbor's porch. GO AWAY!!!!

"Steffes hasn't ruled out opening up another business in the 729 N.H. location, which he leases. But he has not said whether it would be another nightclub. State law would allow him to apply for a new liquor license at the location."

justthefacts 7 years, 1 month ago

Whether or not this place's owner wanted to risk more shootings or not, the odds are pretty hight that he cannot get/keep insurance rates down for covering the place. Normally, with each "accident" rates increase. He may simply no longer be able to make a profit AND pay insurance (assuming anyone will cover the place).

infidel785 7 years, 1 month ago

If you guys think he is going away you are crazy. Why would he break his lease when he has first rights? He will continue to pay for as long as the lease remains. What remains to be determined is wether the Hetzel's will renew after the lease is up and that won't be for some time. Don't be surprised to see something open up there pretty soon. He will resume his lawsuit on the KDR because applying for a new license would require him to have to serve food.

asbarkincat 7 years, 1 month ago

This is just a reason to open a new club so he can get a new license.

cheapskate 7 years, 1 month ago

Dennis won't be opening back up at 729 NH. He got a eviction notice last weekend. Sleep well Lawrence!!

George_Braziller 7 years, 1 month ago

offtotheright -- Does anything ever come out of your keyboard that isn't insulting, degrading, or putting down someone or entire populations? If so I've never seen it.

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