Bootsy Bellows to close Sunday for indefinite time |

Bootsy Bellows to close Sunday for indefinite time

An Aspen nightclub may or may not have a lease to occupy its space in a legally troubled downtown building.

District Judge Gail Nichols held a phone conference Wednesday with all parties involved in the saga and issued an order that says the developer of the building at 308 E. Hopkins Ave. has terminated the lease of Bootsy Bellows, a nightclub.

A couple who own a free-market condominium in the building have filed a contempt-of-court citation alleging that JW Ventures and Bootsy Bellows have ignored Nichols’ earlier ruling that the club cannot continue to operate as a nightclub in the space.

However, the club’s lawyer declined to comment on whether the lease has actually been terminated. Luke Van Arsdale said the club’s owners are hopeful that they’ll be able to reach an agreement that avoids the need to go to court on the contempt citation, and that negotiations are continuing.

Van Arsdale said he could “not take any stance on the lease right now.”

Andrew Sandler, owner of Bootsy Bellows, said Wednesday that the restaurant and nightclub will be open through Sunday, when it will close for an indefinite amount of time because of the court issues.

Sandler also declined to comment about his lease.

A hearing scheduled for today on the contempt motion was canceled Wednesday and is set to be rescheduled Monday.

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