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Oct 16, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Hells Angels’ strip club still stripped of liquor licence

Supreme Court of Canada won’t get involved in complaint by London, Ont. strip club owner who’s upset he can’t sell booze because he’s a Hells Angel biker

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Patrons of a downtown London, Ont. strip club won’t be able to sip alcohol on site any time in the near future after a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canada’s top court refused last week to hear an appeal by Robert Barletta, owner of Famous Flesh Gordon’s strip club on Dundas St.

Barletta argued he was unfairly stripped of his right to sell alcohol because of his membership in the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

His lawyer, Richard Posner, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Barletta, who helped found the London charter of the Hells Angels in 2003, has run the strip club since 2001.

He argued it was unfair to take away his liquor licence since he wasn’t engaged in any criminal activities or regulatory breaches at his club.

As Barletta fought to win back his liquor licence, he also had troubles on the streets, as his club was firebombed in 2012.

This month’s decision by the Supreme Court puts the power to decide who’s fit for a liquor licence back in the hands of the provincially run Liquor License Tribunal.

The province has argued that the Hells Angels are a criminal organization and that granting a liquor license to a member of a criminal group is incompatible with the goals of the Liquor License Act.

The decision by the Supreme Court upholds a decision last year by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The case will now be determined by the Licence Appeal Tribunal.

No date has been set for that hearing.

Toronto Star

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