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Gil’s liquor license hearing on hold


LORAIN — A hearing to determine the fate of a controversial Lorain nightclub was postponed Tuesday when the new owner told police he plans to make essential changes to better the club and its image.

Gil’s International Lounge, 1840 E. 28th St., was known for its activities, including a shooting in 2012, after-hours parties and lack of cooperation with law enforcement, according to Lorain police Sgt. Mike Failing.

Police and city officials have opposed the renewal of the club’s liquor license and Aug. 19, City Council members approved a resolution to recommend that Gil’s liquor permit be revoked.

The hearing with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control was set for Thursday, but Failing said that since management unofficially changed hands in November, there haven’t been any major violent incidents at the club.

On Wednesday, police and attorneys discussed the hearing with the new owner of the nightclub, Asa Knowles, who told police he planned to enforce stricter rules, increase security and make the club appeal to a jazz blues, older crowd, Failing said.

A hearing Thursday also was to determine whether to renew a liquor license for High Point Liberty gas station. Both renewals were postponed until an undetermined date.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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