Jan 25, 2013 12:45 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Concern looms as new Williams Center night club seeks liquor license

TUCSON - New concerns are lobbed at a potential new night club is poised to open up in midtown Tucson as it seeks a liquor license.

New ownership is taking over the old Cactus Moon location in the Williams Center. While the doors may be locked and the place remains empty, the new owners are hoping to set up shop, which includes obtaining a liquor license.

However, the real concern comes from the owner's past.

The new owners were the same leadership behind the New West/Gotham night club in Marana back in 2001 when it experienced a parking lot shooting. It was a low point for the Marana club, that had a history of liquor violations and violence.

The owner, Kirby Bond, was eventually barred from applying for liquor licenses for five years. Now that time is up and he wants to open up at the old Cactus Moon location -- and that's getting some attention.

"A big green sign as I recall, taped to the door letting the public know that someone was applying for a liquor license," said Chris Gillmore who works next door to the empty place that used to be the Cactus Moon.

Gillmore has worked next door for the past seven year and he's cautiously concerned about the kind of violent atmosphere that was fostered at the New West/Gotham night club.

"I'd be very unhappy because it's a professional business plaza and I wouldn't want to have stuff like that happening," Gillmore said.

However, for some working in the area, the idea of a night club opening up is a much needed boost to the area.

"I welcome that, I think it's a great thing in this economy. We need as many thriving businesses as we can," said David Guthrie who works in the plaza.

Even so, neighbors agree that responsibility must be taken by the ownership.

"They need to be responsible for underage drinking, people consuming too much alcohol and watching out for their patrons," Guthrie said, adding: "If people start getting out of control they need to get on top of that and make sure those people aren't welcome back."

News 4 Tucson reached out to the new owners, who are based out of state. We did not hear back from them.


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