Denver shuts down Beta owner’s adjacent bar after fatal shooting

Denver suspends liquor license for Blake Street bar

The city of Denver suspended the liquor and cabaret licenses for The Cabin Tap House at 1919 Blake St. after two people were fatally shot and two others were wounded on New Year’s Day. (Eric Heinz photo)

A downtown Denver nightclub owner at risk of losing his licenses for one club has had them suspended for another he owns after a fatal New Year’s Day shooting.

Four people were shot early Saturday in The Cabin Tap House at 1919 Blake St., according to Denver police. Two of them were pronounced dead at the scene.

In response, the city suspended The Cabin’s liquor and cabaret licenses the same day.

“The disruptive and illegal activities associated with the licensed establishment have created an unsafe and hazardous condition, and the continued operation of the establishment in this manner would be a danger to the public health, welfare and safety of the community,” Molly Duplechain, deputy director of Denver Excise and Licenses, wrote in the order to suspend the club.

This is the first “summary suspension” of a liquor license in Denver since Cold Crush in RiNo had its license suspended in 2016, said Eric Escudero, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses.

The Cabin is owned by Hussam Kayali, who also owns the business next door, Beta Nightclub, at 1909 Blake St.

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Hussam Kayali

The fate of Beta’s liquor and cabaret licenses has already been up in the air. The city has charged Kayali — who goes by the name Valentes Corleons — with improperly hiring security guards, creating an unsafe environment and other violations.

A hearing was held in November. In December, a moderator recommended the club’s licenses be revoked after the owner failed to meet certain safety standards, saying he had concluded that Kayali tried to bribe a police officer and failed to stop fights at the club.

Escudero told BusinessDen the final decision on Beta could come as early as this week. Beta has been able to operate throughout the hearing process.

Kayali did not respond to requests for comment Monday. He recently posted on Instagram that he would close Beta, and he has also hinted that he may move to Miami.

“I’m closing Beta Nightclub. That’s it. I’m done,” Kayali said in a post on Sunday.

Escudero said The Cabin is prohibited from operating until after a public hearing to determine the fate of its licenses — the same process Beta Nightclub has been going through.

Kayali opened The Cabin last year in the former home of Falling Rock Tap House, which operated there for 24 years. He purchased the property in July for $2.5 million, records show.

Denver suspends liquor license for Blake Street bar

Denver suspends liquor license for Blake Street bar

The city of Denver suspended the liquor and cabaret licenses for The Cabin Tap House at 1919 Blake St. after two people were fatally shot and two others were wounded on New Year’s Day. (Eric Heinz photo)

Two people died and two were wounded New Year’s Day in The Cabin Tap House at 1919 Blake St.

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