- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A troubled nightclub in Burlington has folded as the Vermont Department of Liquor Control was considering whether to revoke the venue’s liquor license.

Owner Robert Rapatski released a statement Monday saying that the Zen Lounge would close its doors immediately due to financial problems. Rapatski didn’t return requests for more information.

Testimony was heard by the Liquor Control Board in April after the Church Street club was cited on suspicion of violating four liquor-license regulations in February.

The department alleged that Zen Lounge served alcohol to a minor and an intoxicated person, failed to properly identify bar patrons and failed to ensure the safety of its guests when a man threatened to shoot staff members.

Chief Brandon del Pozo said the club had a “disturbing history of non-cooperation with police.”


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