AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio State Liquor Control Board has denied the Austintown Hotel California’s application for a liquor license, according to Mahoning County prosecutors.
The board notified local prosecutors late Tuesday of the denial. A rejection letter sent to Vitullo Investments, LLC, the company applying for the permit, lists three main reasons for the denial:
- A liquor license would lead to activity that would disturb the peace in the surrounding neighborhood.
- A liquor license has led to problems with the law at the location in the past, according to the letter.
- The location does not yet have a proper hotel license and thus cannot have a liquor license.
The letter states that while the Go Go Caberet was operating at the location where Hotel California now sits, allegations of prostitution, drug trafficking, and selling alcohol to underage persons led to the arrests of many club employees and patrons. Sebastian Rucci was the owner of the Caberet and is part of the group applying for the permit at the Hotel California.
The Caberet was eventually shut down due to those legal problems. The letter states that, “Law enforcement officers and township officials are concerned that the issuance of this permit will cause the problems described above to resurface.”