Archive for Thursday, October 22, 2009

Club Axis owners surrender liquor license

Business for sale after judge repeatedly ordered it to stop operating illegally

Club Axis in Lawrence has closed its doors after the city took it to court. The club was operating illegally and decided to close along with surrendering its liquor license.

October 22, 2009


A controversial Lawrence nightclub has surrendered its liquor license, closed its doors and been put up for sale, after being repeatedly ordered by a judge to stop operating illegally.

Club Axis, 821 Iowa, was ordered in September to pay the city $11,500 in legal fees and told it would be fined $100 per day if it kept operating without having an approved number of parking spaces, as required by city code.

The city brought the club to court after police connected multiple stabbings and shootings over the years to the establishment, previously known as Moon Bar.

A “For Sale” sign has been posted on the front of the club's building and the Kansas Department of Revenue said the owners surrendered the club's state liquor license on Tuesday.

The owners of the club are due back in court next Tuesday for a hearing in front of Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone. An attorney for the club said an appeal has been filed in the case.


Practicality 8 years, 6 months ago

Although I do believe this establishment should be closed, the usual patrons are just going to head off to the next Lawrence bar that caters to them. Maybe downtown again?

ksdivakat 8 years, 6 months ago

My guess is next stop is that dive at 19th and Haskell...I think its called the dog, or something like that, I hear things about the riff raff that go in there too.

shorttrees 8 years, 6 months ago

My bet is the club at 24th and Iowa, Chateau 24 or whatever.

Danimal 8 years, 6 months ago

Hahaha, the Chateau? Isn't that place a gay dance club? I know it's owned by the same dude that owns Henry's on 8th so I doubt it will become the new thug hangout.

Good riddance to Club Axis, maybe Club Allies will open in its place. Unfortunately it's only a matter of time before someone opens another bar to cater to Axis' unsavory clientele.

ferrislives 8 years, 6 months ago

Thank the good God above, but where will that group go now? It's like trying to control a group of ants or cockroaches.

Cait McKnelly 8 years, 6 months ago

I really miss the restaurant that used to be there. Country something? It was an all night coffee/breakfast joint that was a good alternative to Perkins/IHOP. It got kind of run down before it closed; cracks in the vinyl of the booths and that kind of thing. Either way it was SOMETHING on the north side of town.

handlon 8 years, 6 months ago

R.I.P. Club Axis of Evil. Now the patrons will head back downtown to the new piano bar on New Hampshire. It should be an interesting mix of piano karaoke, rap & gunfire........

Alison Carter 8 years, 6 months ago

We need that Pancake House to return....that was the best!

puddleglum 8 years, 6 months ago

villlage inn making a comeback! I want bacon!

gccs14r 8 years, 6 months ago

Village Inn was a late-night haven when up late studying.

Sunny Parker 8 years, 6 months ago

Buy the building and put what ever you complainers want in there.

ParaKnowYa 8 years, 6 months ago

LarryNative, What do you mean by "Asian?" Can you be more specific? Cambodian? Korean? Japanese? Or are you using the European euphemism for Muslim? And you're not the only "LarryNative" here, you know.

Curtis Martell 8 years, 6 months ago

Lawrence just never been the same since Villiage Inn left town...

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 6 months ago

Not to worry, someone will come along and change everything but the clientele and it will be open under a new name. The city will issue a new license for the new owners and we'll all be meeting back here again.How many times have we seen this happen. Hey whatever happened to the old "Knife and Gun" club in North Lawrence. Haven't heard anything about any craziness over there in a while. I believe it was called Los Amigos or 508 or something.

ferrislives 8 years, 6 months ago

I'm probably dating myself, but I do miss going to the Village Inn after church on Sundays as a kid. It would be wonderful if they'd bring it back.

coolmom 8 years, 6 months ago

i used to really like the village inn as well. the coffee table was an interesting place to be, also i spent a lot of time there studying. it did start to get somewhat faded. that place has been closed for like 10 years hasnt it?

kansasfire911 8 years, 6 months ago

You know what this town could use in that location? Another oriental restaurant!!

newsomebody 8 years, 6 months ago

You want inside info, here it is. Axis wan't always ruff. Before Last Call closed, Axis had very few problems, it actually had the least number of fights of all the major bars in lawrence. Even after Last Call closed down, there was still no more problems than any other bar. Facts: There was a shooting at 2:03 a.m. on the night of it's 2 year party. The only people there were the employees and the people involved in the shooting. The other shooting happened between the merc and the BBQ place on the 4th of July weekend. They weren't even patrons of Axis. The stabing that happened at Burger King, the majority of the people involved came from the Pool Room, not Axis. It doesn't matter if Axis is closed or not. When Last Call closed, all it's problems moved to Axis. Axis did alot better job at handling these issues than Last Call. Last call had shootings every few weeks, compared to Axis who had two in over 2 1/2 years. I'm not saying that is a great thing, one shooting is to much. The problems Axis had will just move to another bar. The other bar owners didn't want Axis to close because they where able to control the problems better than any other bar in town. The Hawk had 3 people shot earlier this year in one night and had a stabbing last year. There was shots fired outside of 23rd St Brewery and outside of the Granada this year. Jet lag had multiple people get stabbed one night last year when it was closing. Axis wasn't shut down cause it was opperating against the law either. It was given an occupancy of 352 when it opened. The city later disagreed with that and stated it had to return to 225, submit a site plan that gave it a different occupany, or close. In december 2008, judge rulled that Axis couldn't opperate at 352. Axis returned to opperateing at 225 after this ruling. It requested an occupancy sign of 225, but was denied it due to the pending law suit. It was found in contept of court due to opperating at 352 because basicly it still had a 352 occupancy sign hanging. Fire marshall's even testified that Axis was opperating at 225 since the December court ruling. The "occupancy" sign is a saftey sign stating how many people can be in the premise and still get out of the building safely if there was a fire or emergency. Axis closed due to all the negative publicity by the LJW, the harrasment from the city, and to keep from bankrupcy. The city didn't want it there due to the fact it was a minortiy bar on Saturday night. The building is owned by a man and his wife currently. They are very respectable people and would do just about anything to help there friends and family out. An appeal is filed, and for good reason. Axis will never reopen as a nightclub, I can assure you that. Side note, in the past 2 1/2 years, Axis did several charity events, helped student groups at KU raise money for their cause, and employeed over 25 KU students that needed work.

newsomebody 8 years, 6 months ago

Also beerguy, Axis NEVER made $20,000 a month, it never even made half that!! He hunts, fishes, works construction, wears Levis and wranglers, and listens to country music. Sound like a thug to me.

Practicality 8 years, 6 months ago

newsomebody (Anonymous) says…

"Before Last Call closed, Axis had very few problems, it actually had the least number of fights of all the major bars in lawrence. "

Wow, I didn't know there was a statitician who keeps track of all the fights in each individual bar in Lawrence.

"The other shooting happened between the merc and the BBQ place on the 4th of July weekend."

I always knew those dirty hippies at the Merc were packing heat, that is why I don't shop there, the crowd is too thugish for me.

"The Hawk had 3 people shot earlier this year in one night and had a stabbing last year. There was shots fired outside of 23rd St Brewery and outside of the Granada this year. Jet lag had multiple people get stabbed one night last year when it was closing."

Here is where we cut to the chase. Most of these incidents, and many, many, more acts of crime committed in Lawrence were the direct result of out of town patrons leaving your bar. That is why nobody wants your bar to remain open.

newsomebody 8 years, 5 months ago

Practicality: First, Axis wasn't open on the night of shooting at the Hawk or 23rd St Brewery. Second: Axis been closed since begginning of September. Why all the problems happening still than around town?? So it's all Axis's fault these crimes happened? Fight at Jayhawk Tower's, KU baskeball player hurt, Axis to blame. Man threatens to shoot KU students on campus, Axis to blame. They left the bar and went to campus right? All of the incidents i listed at other bars happened before 1:30 a.m. Axis didn't even let out till 1:40. The people involved where people that where inside those bar's for most of the night. But you believe what you want. You probably think Jesse Fray's articles are more true than false too.

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