So what does Lotus owner and tireless defender of the nightlife industry David Rabin have to say? Rabin writes us:
We had a number of outstanding violations with the SLA, some dating back SEVEN years but most from 2005. It has taken a long time for them to be adjudicated by the SLA. Our counsel felt that we'd win a lot of them and lose some of them if they all went to hearings, but, that resolving them individually would have cost a lot of money in legal fees and an indefinite period of time because the SLA requires resolution of all outstanding matters before any license modification. So, we offered a settlement to clear all the past violations and it was accepted. We thought dealing with it in an overall manner was the most efficient decision for moving forward with the JV [joint venture], and the timing works well for us to start our permit and demolition process.
Whoa, whoa, whoa — demolition process? Sounds like a major overhaul of the club is planned. We’ve heard from more than one operator that the city has been easing up on its crackdown on nightlife — here’s hoping, for the sake of Rabin and his new partners, Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, that the reigns are even looser by the time the new place opens.