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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: City requests emergency suspension of Fusion liquor license

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/27/2015  3:30:00 PM
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UPDATE: City Attorney Pete Holmes and Mayor Ed Murray on March 5 issued the following statement upon news that the owners of Club Fusion decided to close the University District-area nightclub: Today’s closure of Club Fusion is good news for the University District. Club Fusion had exhibited a pattern of violent events that made it a public safety hazard for both residents and visitors to the neighborhood. Last week, the City requested an emergency suspension of their liquor license following a shooting that sent two teenagers to the hospital. We are pleased that the owners decided to voluntarily and permanently close Club Fusion. Moving forward, we will continue to work with the Seattle Police Department and our partners at the Washington State Liquor Control Board to maintain a safe and vibrant nightlife throughout Seattle.

The City of Seattle on Friday asked the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) to issue an emergency suspension of the liquor license of Fusion Ultra Lounge, 722 NE 45th St.

City Attorney Pete Holmes wrote to WSLCB Director Rick Garza: “Since 2013, Fusion has proven itself to be an emergency public safety hazard. Most recently, two shootings have taken place outside the club, involving club patrons,in the last two months.”

Holmes also told Garza that the licensee and his employees frequently allowed minors in the tavern, lounge or other restricted area.

Read Holmes’ letter here.

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