Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gidewon nightclub gets final permit — for now

Posted By on Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

click to enlarge Michael Gidewon — one step closer
  • Michael Gidewon — one step closer

The owners of the controversial, proposed SPI Club in Midtown now have what may be the final piece of approval leading to a splashy, Kleig-lit opening on Peachtree Street.

You may recall that the Gidewon brothers received the go-ahead for a liquor license back in October, then were stalled by a lawsuit seeking to block the mayor (at the time, Shirley Franklin) from actually signing the booze permit.

Well, now the brothers have in hand the special administrative permit that was, I believe, the last thing holding them back from opening.

However, their Midtown opponents will not be going down without a fight. This coming Tuesday, the Midtown Neighbors' Association will hold a meeting to update members on efforts to appeal the permit before the city's Board of Zoning Adjustment on March 4. Expect a packed house.

Correct me if I'm wrong, folks, but I'm under the impression that if the appeal is dismissed, then it's game over — no more hurdles, legal or otherwise, to the club opening its doors.

Could it be a hip-hop St. Patty's Day?

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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