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Sin City liquor license suspended

"Sin City Nights" has been closed since the city of Modesto revoked its dance permit. 
( Bart Ah You/ The Modesto Bee)
"Sin City Nights" has been closed since the city of Modesto revoked its dance permit. ( Bart Ah You/ The Modesto Bee) Modesto Bee

A 10th Street nightclub that lost its dance permit in October is under suspension by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Sin City Nights did not comply with its license to serve alcohol during several visits by department officers between June and September, ABC spokesman Paul Fuentes said.

The club has a license that designates it as a restaurant, meaning it has to serve food in addition to alcohol. Fuentes said businesses that carry that type of license should earn about half of their revenue from food.

Department officers had trouble ordering food from Sin City's menu during their inspections, Fuentes said. All of the visits took place between 4 and 9 p.m.

"We had heard they did not have food service for quite a while, and when we got there in June and July, sure enough, they didn't," Fuentes said.

Sin City was served its 15-day suspension Friday. It cannot serve alcohol until it corrects the violations of its liquor license, Fuentes said.

The club has not been open since the Modesto City Council revoked its dance permit about three months ago. At the time, police said the club's inability to comply with the conditions of its city permit created a volatile atmosphere downtown during closing hours.

Sin City owner Rosalind Mitchell opened a sit-down restaurant called Tymeless Cuisine in the 10th Street space in January 2006.

By June 2007, Mitchell had begun shifting the restaurant to a more club-oriented business model called Sin City Nights.

That's when ABC received an anonymous call about the restaurant's liquor license, Fuentes said.

Mitchell told the City Council in October that she had addressed the Police Department's concerns, and that any permit violations that had occurred took place during her business's transition period.

Council members did not address Mitchell's comments during that meeting, but Mayor Jim Ridenour later said her report made it clear to him that the business was operating as a club, counter to its Alcoholic Beverage Control license.

Mitchell could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Bee staff writer Adam Ashton can be reached at aashton@modbee.com or 578-2366.

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