The two companies representing the restaurant are seeking a jury trial and $1 million in damages from the city and city council, as well as attorneys’ fees.
NORFOLK, Va. — The owners of the Scotty Quixx nightclub are suing the city of Norfolk, asking a judge to overturn the city’s decision to revoke the company’s entertainment license.
Scotty Quixx originally showed up for a license revocation hearing in September, after the Norfolk City Manager said council would crack down on license violations to reduce crime in Norfolk city centre.
The letter Norfolk sent to Scotty Quixx said his meal tax returns to the city and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority did not match.
After receiving the letter, co-owner Al Ragas told 13News Now it was vague and suspicious.
“It doesn’t tell us when we made that swerve. And if there was, if there was something we did wrong, we never had a chance to fix it,” he said. he declared.
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On September 27, the nightclub’s conditional use license had been revoked. It’s the permission a business needs to sell alcohol and stay open until 2 a.m.
Owner Chris Johnson said that meant they were essentially closed – because they had no lunch crowds and couldn’t keep up with business expenses with a six-hour window of operations .
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Papers filed in Norfolk Circuit Court in October claim the City Council ‘failed to follow its own policies and acted on unwarranted animosity and stereotypes about Norfolk city center nightlife bars and restaurants “.
In the lawsuit, the company claims there is a resolution the city council could have used to rectify the difference between the two meal tax reports in a “significantly less drastic” way.
The lawsuit also alleges that city leaders pointed to a shooting “inside Scotty Quixx in 2019” as part of the reason for the increased scrutiny, and said there was no such shootings.
In January 2019, a shooting occurred in a crowd outside the restaurant.
The two companies representing the restaurant are seeking a jury trial and ultimately $1 million in damages from the city and city council, as well as attorneys’ fees.
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