Motivated by a January shooting near State and Division that wounded three — including an off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy — city inspectors have shut down three Division Street clubs: Detention, Primary Night Club, and Room Seven. They also closed Palette, the restaurant that opened in May from the chef behind Batter & Berries.
Inspectors raided the area and cited the establishments for various building violations including electrical and structural issues. Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) told CBS Chicago that he wants the clubs shut down for failure to address gang activity and “poor conduct and operations.”
Primary’s management, via Facebook, wrote that they were “unfairly and unjustly targeted due to the acts of another venue in our building.” They’re working with the city to reopen ASAP.
Chef Derek Rylon’s Palette is inside a building that also houses the Black Kat Club, a speakeasy that’s been running on and off since September. A city official told DNAinfo that the club wasn’t properly licensed and neither was an outdoor patio.
Butch McGuire’s is across Division from the three clubs. Owner Bobby McGuire told CBS Chicago that he doesn’t want his bar lumped in with the shuttered clubs. McGuire mentioned a fight that broke out in front of Room Seven — a frequent guest at city disciplinary hearings, according to DNAinfo. Room Seven is owned by the Hurmeydan family, European investors who planned on opening more clubs in the city. State liquor commission records don’t show any additional holdings. Room Seven’s Facebook page mentions nothing about the shutdown.
Detention’s page also makes no mention. Pera Odishoo is listed as the owner of Detention, according to state records. Odishoo is also listed as the trademark holder for The Original Mother’s, the infamous bar across the street.
The shootings that led to the inspections happened early morning on Jan. 28 inside a parking garage on the 1200 block of State Street. No one was seriously hurt.