Minneapolis wants hearing on Karmas liquor license

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June 20, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT – After declaring the Karma nightclub at 315 First Ave. N a public nuisance and asking the club to close for 90 days, the city of Minneapolis has now initiated an “adverse license action” against the club, seeking a hearing on the non-renewal of the establishment’s liquor license.

The source of 165 police calls between January 2010 and June of this year, the Karma nightclub has remained open despite the city’s call for a temporary closure. The management offered its own suggestions on how to deal with the club’s issues, but meetings between the management and the city did not result in a mutually agreed-upon solution.

Karma is open four nights a week from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and the Minneapolis Police Department routinely dedicates 12 patrol officers and four to five mounted officers to the venue during closing time. This heavy police presence is not likely to change anytime soon. The process to determine whether or not the club will retain its license is expected to take several months.