Update 7:20 p.m.
Lure lost its hearing this morning for a permanent injunction.
"We appeared in City Circuit Court this morning on
Lure's petition for preliminary and permanent injunction. The Court
dismissed the petition against the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and
Maggie Campbell, its President and CEO. Therefore, the temporary
Restraining Order which was initially issued on Friday has been set
aside," the partnership said in a statement. Original story follows...
The owners of Lure Nightclub and their attorney, former St. Louis mayor Freeman Bosley Sr.
, are in court this morning trying to block a petition drive aimed at closing down the Washington Avenue hot spot.
On Friday a St. Louis judged issued a temporary restraining order
against the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis
, which is organizing a petition drive
to close down the nightclub.
In recent months, downtown residents and city officials have blamed Lure patrons
for a series of fights and shootings associated with the nightclub's Thursday hip-hop nights. Lure, meanwhile, believes it's being targeted
solely because it caters to an African-American clientele each Thursday.
At a meeting with Lure principals and Daily RFT
this month, Bosley questioned the motive behind the petition.
As Bosley sees it, Lure (and other downtown businesses) support the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and its Community Improvement District
through their tax dollars.
"And now these same people are trying to close them down?" questioned Bosley. "It doesn't make sense."
We'll let you know later this morning what happens at today's hearing to determine whether the restraining order remains in effect.View a slideshow of Will.I.Am's deejay set here.