Time’s running out for a ‘savior" to rescue Plaza area jazz joint Jardine’s…
That is, if its hard to get 3 a.m. liquor license is to be salvaged. Whether the intention is to do a jazz, blues, dance, gay bar – you name it – it won’t be easy to reopen the space at 4536 Main if the license lapses.
"It expires at the end of July," says Regulated Industries head Gary Majors. "It’s one license and a 3 a.m. license. Typically they have 90 days once it expires to reapply."
And you can pretty much forget someone new coming in and getting a 3 a.m. license without working something out with beleaguered Jardine’s owner Beena Raja.
"No, first of all the license has to be renewed and valid," Majors says. "In other words, in good standing. It’s pretty easy to sign it over, but we have had instances when the owner going out the door says, ‘I’m not signing anything for anybody’ and then the license just dies and has to be reapplied for."
No small feat.
Because a new operator would need to go through a consent process with neighbors, a 45 day process that may or may not result in a license being granted.
Other complications include paying off money owed to liquor distributors and back taxes, something Jardine’s is believed to still owe.
"The state really won’t renew a license if there’s outstanding debt to liquor wholesalers," Majors says. "And you have to bring us a ‘no taxes due’ letter so that we know the city taxes have been paid. The state license makes sure the state taxes are paid."
So are there any deals brewing for somebody to take over the club?
"I haven’t heard a word until your phone call," Majors says.