Providence licensing board scrutinizing after-hours club using loophole

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence Board of Licenses made no decision about the future of the city’s only after-hours nightclub Wednesday, ordering the club not to serve alcohol after 1 a.m but continuing the hearing on their late-night license until another day.

Dusk 2 Dawn, which opened just last month, holds the city’s only license to stay open until 4 a.m. The club does not have a liquor license. However, city attorneys say the Dike Street club has been serving alcohol by hiring caterers for its events. Under state law, catering companies can bring alcohol and serve it for up to five hours, as long as they leave with it.

Nicholas Hemond, the attorney for Dusk 2 Dawn, argued at the Board of Licenses meeting that using caterers to sell alcohol was perfectly legal. He also said the club was operating responsibly, noting the owner has brought in additional security along with a police detail.

However, Hemond said they agreed to “shut the caterers’ services off at 1 a.m,” while they continue to negotiate with the city about the matter.

The Board of Licenses voted Wednesday afternoon to continue the hearing at another time.