Nightclub’s opening in doubt |

Nightclub’s opening in doubt

The Aspen Liquor Licensing Authority declined to approve the transfer of a liquor license from the former Double Diamond to Duke’s on Tuesday, raising doubts about the new nightclub’s ability to open for the holidays.

Larry Marks announced in late October that he had leased the basement space on Galena Street that had been home to the Double D and said he hoped to open a new nightclub, Duke’s, by Christmastime.

He expressed that hope again yesterday to the liquor board, but board chairman Bill Murphy warned Marks he has much to accomplish in order to get a liquor license.

There are building code violations remaining from the Double Diamond’s tenure that must be rectified, according to Stephen Kanipe, chief building inspector. The city’s building department, environmental health office and fire marshal all have yet to sign off on work that must be completed before Duke’s is granted a certificate of occupancy that will allow it to open.

The club space did not pass an inspection on Friday, Kanipe said. There is still sufficient time for a contractor to complete the work that needs to be done, he added.

Without the certificate, there can be no liquor license, Murphy said.

Board members also noted questions with the liquor license application that they want answered.

If all the details are taken care of to the city’s satisfaction, Murphy said he could grant a temporary liquor license, allowing the club to open for the holidays. The board isn’t expected to meet again before January.

Marks has said he envisions a more upscale nightclub in the space where the Double Diamond had been a mainstay in Aspen’s live music scene for more than a decade. He predicted the new club would feature primarily DJs, but host the occasional li

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