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Somerville inspectors shut Holiday Inn night club indefinitely

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 31, 2012 04:46 PM

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The City of Somerville has pulled the occupancy permit of a nightclub where a large fight broke out early last Friday morning, closing the business indefinitely, according to a statement from Mayor Joseph Curtatone's office.

Night Games, the late-night lounge located inside the Holiday Inn on Washington Street, previously announced it would cancel its New Year's Eve celebration after the fight, which involved about 10 to 12 women, according to police. But the revocation of its occupancy permit closes the nightspot indefinitely, and it is at risk of losing its license to serve alcohol, the statement said.

"We take incidents like these very seriously, and intend to take every action necessary both to address this particular issue, and to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future," Curtatone said in a written statement.

The city found "life and safety" violations in the building's backup systems in an inspection the day after the fight, leading to the decision to pull its occupancy permit, the statement said.

The city's licensing commission will hold a hearing in January to consider whether to revoke the lounge's license to serve alcohol, the statement said.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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