Nightclub owners charged with staying open past closing

Posted9/13/2013 8:06 PM

The EvenFlow nightclub in Geneva has been charged with staying open past closing time, serving liquor or allowing liquor to be served after closing time, and allowing patrons to stay in the club after closing time, according to the city of Geneva.

It stems from an Aug. 25 incident in which a "General Hospital" actress; the sister of "The View" co-host Jenny McCarthy; a professional dancer from "Dancing With the Stars;" and an actor were charged with public intoxication in front of the club at 5:45 a.m. The group came to the club after appearing at a fundraiser McCarthy hosted in St. Charles for the Montessori school her son attends.


Mayor Kevin Burns, the city's liquor commissioner, announced the charges against the club Friday. There will be a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

One of the co-owners of the club, Michael Knuth, told the Daily Herald Aug. 30 that the group, plus an employee who was also charged with public intoxication, were not served any alcohol after closing time, which was 2 a.m. He said they were allowed to stay in the club for safety's sake, until their cab arrived.

It is the third time in less than a year the club, which opened in 2012, has been charged with a liquor code violation.

In December, it was fined and had its license suspended for one day because the other co-owner, Nicholas Mercadante, was found drinking in the club at 4 a.m.

In June, it was fined and had its license suspended for one day because it sold liquor to an underage, undercover police agent during the police department's annual check to see if licensees are selling to minors.

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