W.i.P/Greenhouse to Reopen Without Liquor License

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The infamous W.i.P/Greenhouse nightclub, whose fame was recently found after the highly-publicized Drake/Chris Brown skirmish over the heart of singer Rihanna, is going to be back in business after being shut down and stripped of its liquor license by the New York State Liquor Authority. But despite these recent injunctions, the 150 Varick St. club looks to continue business.

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“The SLA will not tolerate violent bars that break the law,” the SLA said in its statement regarding the club’s liquor suspension. “This should serve as a message that this agency will not hesitate to take immediate action when licensees pose a threat to public health and safety.”

After the assault, which resulted in filed lawsuits by two of the clubs female patients as well as by NBA star Tony Parker, the SLA proceeded to stamp 17 Alcoholic Beverage Control violations against the club. They also cited ten total physicals assaults inside the club between March 11 and June 12.

This doesn’t mean that W.i.P./Greenhouse is completely in the dumps just yet.

According to the New York Observer, the club will reopen on July 8 after, as confirmed by one of the club’s spokespeople, reach an agreement “in principle” to open in coming week.

One can only assume a club that doesn’t sell liquor won’t be servicing many patrons. And even if the Drake/Chris Brown shenanigan attracts attention and customers, what will they be selling?

If you still plan on going to the club when it opens, Google Maps says club Shelter, on 34 Vandam St. is only 262 feet away from 150 Varick St. Also, City Winery is in between the two… but we’re not hinting at anything.

–Nick Gallinelli

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