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Somerville nightclub closes down after brawl

A nightclub at the Holiday Inn in Somerville  where a brawl occurred in December has closed permanently, the hotel’s general manager said Friday.

“The room formally used as a nightclub has been renovated into a private function room for meetings and special occasions,” Terri Almond, the hotel’s general manager, said in a prepared statement. “That chapter of the hotel is gone for good.”

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Somerville had to call on neighboring communities for mutual aid shortly after midnight on Dec. 28, when a fight broke out at the club between 10 to 12 women, two of whom were arrested. A crowd of about 100 that spilled into the hotel parking lot on Washington Street had to be controlled.

The club, called Night Games, was shut down by city inspectors on a temporary basis the day after the fight because of health and safety code violations.

On Wednesday, Somerville’s Licensing Commission handed down a series of sanctions, ­accepted by the hotel.

Citing 13 violations in licens­ing ordinances, the commission banned the club from serving alcohol until Feb. 23 and pulled its closing time back from 2 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  for the next two years.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone said the sanctions would serve as a warning to businesses ­operating against city ordinances.

“I’m very confident that we’ve sent a loud and clear message,” he said Friday. “Their bottom line of revenue and profit must fall in line with our community values.”

The occupancy permit has since been restored, but with the maximum reduced from 500  people to 316, Curtatone said.

In handing down its sanctions, the Licensing Board pointed to violations ranging from distributing VIP passes to operating over capacity to security staff who physically ­removed patrons, according to city records.

The sanction limiting the hours of operation may be lifted after two years, if there are no further violations.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. ­Follow him on twitter ­@JarretBencks.
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