Belltown Nightclub Tia Lou Closes After Losing Liquor License
Mid-last month, we heard that Tia Lou was losing their liquor license due to repeated and ongoing problems. A Komo News report stated that the Belltown nightclub was being ordered by the city to stop serving alcohol at the end of 2016. “This one nightclub has been monopolizing public safety resources,” said Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.
As of today, Tia Lou is listed as permanently closed.
SPD has recorded problems at Tia Lou back to 2007, with numerous thefts, assaults, and even the rape of a woman who was passed out in a restroom at the club. “We’ve had hundreds of police calls for service at this nightclub, calls where people have been assaulted, calls with gun violence, robbery, sexual assault, all generated from this one nightclub,” Whitcomb said.
Last October, Tia Lou was denied renewal on their existing license, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board revoked their liquor license on November 30th, with an effective date and time of 5 p.m. on December 30th.
Numerous Belltown residents around the club have also complained to the city and police about noise, drugs and other illegal activity. For example, a neighbor told Komo News that he had to call the SPD’s non-emergency line 45 times in just 17 weeks to complain during the summer of 2013.
While there was an application to transfer Tia Lou’s liquor license before the end of the year, it seems to have been denied, since the club’s website says that it is closed until further notice. Yelp and Google also list the club as closed.