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Cambridge shuts down Central Square clubs

[mk1]By V. Michael Bove

The Cambridge License Commission has ordered two Central Square nightclubs closed and restricted the operating hours of three others. Complaints about noise and parking problems, as well as concern over the ability of emergency vehicles to pass through crowded side streets, prompted the commission's actions.

Residents of the Brookline St./Green St. area, angered at traffic congestion and at noisy crowds which they claim spill out from the clubs onto nearby streets, have been pressuring the commission for over a year to take some action. They claim the problem has greatly increased with the recent opening of new nightspots and the expansion of existing ones.

In an October 8 meeting, the commission voted to:

O+ Close Man Ray, a nightclub which opened in March and has been praised in both local and national media for its meticulously researched 1950s decor, including kitchen and bomb shelter. Failing court intervention, the closing will take effect Nov. 1. But manager Bruce Jope has expressed his intention of obtaining an injunction against the closing while an appeal is being decided. this last tidbit courtesy BAY WINDOWS!!! --vmb

O+ Shut down the Latin Quarter, a room above Latin-O's restaurant and bar which has been open for dancing Saturday nights.

O+ Revoke the entertainment license of T. T. the Bear's, a restaurant and bar which recently began featuring live local bands.

O+ Order a 1 am closing time for Latin-O's, T. T. the Bear's and the Campus, a gay men's club operating under the same management as Man Ray. The three establishments had previously stayed open until 2 am.

O+ Suspend the liquor licenses of T. T. the Bear's and the Campus, beginning March 1, 1986, unless the owners agree not to appeal the commission's other rulings. T. T. the Bear's license would be suspended for 15 days, and the Campus's license until Aug. 1, 1986.

James T. McDavitt, chairman of the three-member License Commission, said that his group was never contacted for permission when Latin-O owner Juan Cabrera leased the restaurant's second floor for the Latin Quarter, nor when Campus owner Don Holland opened Man Ray.

Furthermore, he said, T. T. the Bear's failed to notify the commission that it had been bankrupt for over two years when it applied for and received permission for a 2 am closing and live entertainment.

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