After Operating for Months Without SUP or CO, Plush to Make Its Case Before Plan Commission

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Speaking of downtown fun ...

I see on the City Plan Commission's agenda for tomorrow that downtown ultra-lounge Plush is hoping to get its specific use permit reupped -- and that the CPC, at the moment, is recommending denial. Long story short: Its two-year SUP expired in September of last year and wasn't renewed. Nevertheless, says the agenda, "the applicant has continued to operate the establishment illegally; i.e. without a Specific Use Permit, a valid Certificate of Occupancy or a dance hall license." Code compliance cited the place twice in April for operating without a valid CO; a month later the Dallas Police Department cited it for not having a valid dance-hall license.

At issue, in part, is Plush's insistence that it's not only a club, but also a restaurant -- which is actually how its CO was issued in the first place. But CPC staff says that when inspectors paid the club a visit, "the kitchen was being utilized for storage." Not only that, but ...
By operating an alcoholic beverage establishment at street level, the applicant has not complied with the provisions of PDD No. 619. Given that the applicant has not complied with applicable zoning regulations and standards, staff cannot support this request for a Specific Use Permit. However, if the Commission chooses to recommend approval, staff suggests a condition which clearly states that the alcoholic beverage establishment limited to a bar, lounge or tavern may not operate on the ground floor.
Plush was originally before the CPC in July, at which point the commissioners opted to push it to this month's meeting. Says Bryan Foster, the Main Street club's owner, "they gave us 30 days to have the kitchen up and running." And he tells Unfair Park he's done just that: "We served 125 people for lunch on Friday." He says the kitchen wasn't being used because Plush "didn't do a whole lot of business, we lost a lot of money," and so it was shut down till further notice.

But now, he insists, it's all good: "We just got fortunate and relaunched our marketing campaign," which will include food. When asked about his prospects tomorrow, Foster says, "I think we'll be fine."
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Dominicide
Dominicide

Where will the douchebags go? The place has been kind of a laughing stock since it opened. Watching the hookers and snow-coned coiffured "males" in stupid tee shirts is so much entertainment that the city should have a special license for people that spend their rent money yelling "yo yo yo!" at, well pardon me for a moment, ugly fat chicks with tight clothes and obvious cheap hotel hookers. And road hookers.

Plush management: Please serve food, please, I'd love to see a Merry Jerry (Springer) Christmas. LIVE!!!! AT PLUSH!!!

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Before we were having hell-on-earth weather, I went to a happy hour at their rooftop bar and had a surprisingly good time.

cvote
cvote

So assuming that these rules are specific to the CBD how was Club Blue/Cirque over on Pacific Avenue able to operate?

LaceyB
LaceyB

It is a super douche-a-torium where not much eating goes on. Nor dancing. It's really like: drink until you can't hold it anymore to look "cool", and hope the other guy/girl thought you looked "cool enough" before you go puke your drunk in the street, whilst waiting for valet. We used to watch this happen every Friday night. Fairly entertaining.

Despite all this douchery, there still seems to be nothing terribly wrong with the operation to make it stop. Money will change hands and permits will be passed. End of story.

Max Power
Max Power

I think their "marketing campaign" for the Vegas lunch buffets they've been having involves repeatedly putting flyers on my car.  No thanks, I'll take my buffet lunch desires to more gentlemanly estabishments, or just hit-up Which Wich a few doors down. Max

Richie W
Richie W

W-T-F, nooooooo, they cant close this place, where am I gonna go to douche out in my torn jeans and ed hardy shirt. Those guys take great car of my 1 series bimmer. They make the best vodka cranberry in town

Love,Your favorite sportatorium writer

MattL1
MattL1

I'm not a fan of "ultralounges," though I'm an avid lounger, but I don't see any reason why these guys should be shut down.  Unlike other area bars/clubs, I haven't heard a single legitimate complaint about how this place goes about its business.  It just seems as if the fun police want to create a bunch of arbitrary hoops for them to jump through.  "Serve food."  "No bar on the first floor."  "Ladies' skirts must be no more than 2 inches from the kneecap."

Shutting this place down would come close to killing the only legitimately active block in downtown right now.  

Guest
Guest

So, not even 24 hours after a story about how downtown isn't fun, we get a story illustrating a possible reason why downtown Dallas isn't fun.

Mr Peepers
Mr Peepers

I was going to head out to an ultra lounge last night. I decided to settle instead for my drastic den followed by my rabid room.

sanderw
sanderw

So the doors can be open even if the permits to operate expired a year ago? How is that possible?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

God forbid there's a business open that tries to get people to come downtown after 5PM. 

The CPC should check the place out at 11PM on most nights, there are scores of young twenty and thirty somethings hanging around, meandering between City Tavern and OE Penguin having a good time and making downtown feel like what everybody claims they want: a vibrant living space for more than just work. Then you have these stupid SUPs that seem to come up for renewal about as often as the Bravo airs reruns of Real Housewives of Wherever that end up running them out of business.

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

This all sounds like a comedy routine.  A 'dance hall license'?  Is this the 1920's?  A bar can't  be on the ground floor?  Where's the logic in that?  If it's on the 2nd floor, it's fine.  Why?  Because people who drink should be required to climb stairs?

This is why Dallas is in trouble: it deviates from the overall Texas formula for success.  These cats are paying their taxes, they aren't breaking any laws (that make sense), and they're bringing people into the city to spend money.  Let 'em do what they do, and if they cause a problem, deal with that when it happens.  There's no problems mentioned in this piece, yet they're trying to shut them down...apparently just because they dared to defy the codes people.  Ridiculous.

Milkman Dan
Milkman Dan

I think the real public health hazard here would be to require this place to serve food. Yeesh!

Rangers100
Rangers100

Great job, CPC.  Chase off Main Street business due to stupid technicalities.  

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

No: The CPC meeting is at 1:30, and it's far down on the agenda. But Anna is there, and will report back, in a separate item, following the discussion and vote.

Coleman
Coleman

There's no such thing as a "favorite sportatorium writer."

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Hey, get back over to the sports blog, this place is too high brow for you.

Sorry Robert, someone let one  of the trolls out of his cage. 

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Does your car ignition stop working if you license is suspended?

Craigley
Craigley

Dallas has been like that for a long, long time.  Yet when the city wants something for free they go begging to the big money corporations for handouts.

Michael C
Michael C

That's exactly right. 

In fact, the city should let all businesses operate without any of the proper permits, zoning, or inspections - and then just deal with the resulting problems when they happen. 

Food poisoning? Let's figure it out after people get sick and die. Fires in crowded dance floor areas? Heck - once the charred bodies are moved, we can figure it out if it was electrical or whatnot, and be done with it. Gosh, it's so obvious that all laws are just "stupid technicalities", and if we personally don't think they are that important to us we should just ignore them and carry on as we personally see fit. I mean, really - if 20somethings are out having a good time, then that's what should be most important!

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Yeah, just the place where I want to get a good meal: a nightclub that serves food just so it can operate as a club.

sanderw
sanderw

uh, no, but if I get pulled over by the cops you can bet I won't be driving home.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

None of the problems you threw out there have ever been listed as a problem at Plush, they don't even want to serve food but are forced to due to bullshit SUP reqs. Specific User Permits are arbitrary bludgeons used by worthless bureaucrats to impose their own whimsical perceptions on what others should do with their business and property.

Guest
Guest

There's a difference between "regulation" and "overregulation"

It often appears that many permit requirements aren't there to enforce public safety (like health inspections or occupancy limits) but to make it more difficult for certain kinds of businesses to operate.

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