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Troubled Elmhurst club closes its doors

NYPD says bye to Exotic’s Lounge

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 am

A club of many names — Club Exotics, Exotic’s Lounge and Bluebird Restaurant Lounge/Exotics — at 79-21 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst closed this month with a heap of State Liquor Authority and Police Department violations.

The club was under scrutiny from the beginning.

In June 2011 the owners appeared before Community Board 4 for a third time only to see its request for a cabaret liquor license turned down. Board members feared that the establishment would become a strip club, even though the owners said no. CB 4 cited the suggestive name and that the location’s past owners had used the spot for just that, which attracted its fair share of “problems.”

“We’re not the old owners,” co-owner Anthony Perez said two years ago, “and we have nothing to do with them.”

But the new owners were more like the old ones than they said.

“I just wanted to let you know that Club Exotics on Queens Blvd has been permanently closed,” 110th Precinct Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson said in an email on June 20. “They went in front of the full SLA board and had their license revoked.”

No principal of the club can apply for a liquor license for two years, Leyson said.

“In the event that another club opens up, we will scrutinize them just as closely to make the community a safe place,” Leyson said.

And Exotics was watched very carefully. Two of the four reviews on Yelp, an online business review website, mention police raids.

“They had a lot of NYPD and SLA violations. Not the best neighbor,” CB 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol said. “Let’s see who takes over now.”

Exotics no longer has a phone number. A promotions company that had planned to host a party at the location before it closed had no contact information for the owners.

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