- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In the market for a 3-foot-long chandelier or a rack of subwoofers guaranteed to make it wobble?

All this and more could be yours courtesy of the now-closed Ibiza nightclub in Washington, D.C.

Items from the club will be auctioned off next week as part of Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

Over the course of the last few months, owners fought to keep the club open after incidents requiring police intervention drew the wrath of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. But the party came to a final end in May when city officials ordered the club to relinquish its business license.

Over the same period, a court-appointed trustee recommended the club’s bankruptcy be converted to a Chapter 7 case so the business could be liquidated to pay its debts.

Items including flat-screen TVs, bar equipment, speakers, lighting equipment and decor left inside the club when it was closed are all up for auction, according to Rasmus Auctions. The online auction will end July 29, and winners will have to pick up items by July 30.

The company 1222 1st St. NE LLC will take possession of the property on July 31, according to bankruptcy filings. It’s unclear what will become of the once larger-than-life megaclub. A Rasmus spokeswoman said only that the “landlord has decided on a different use for the property.”

Neither Ibiza’s managing partner Aldo Truong or the club’s attorney could be reached for comment Tuesday.

With a massive influx of development in recent years centered in the once-vacant warehouse district surrounding Ibiza, the NoMa neighborhood eventually outgrew the megaclub. As apartment buildings and hotels were built nearby, the loud music and large crowds from the club become an unwelcome nuisance for the new neighbors.

Ibiza is the third megaclub to hit the skids in recent years, following in the footsteps of Fur and Love nightclubs which were closed in 2013 and 2014.


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