PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A popular Station Square nightclub in permanently closed for business.
Club Zen was closed over the weekend, at the urging of the district attorney, because of recent violence and other concerns.
On Monday, the club’s owners said it is closed for good.
“Today’s proceeding was just Mr. Norman recognizing he’s [going to] close his establishment pursuant to the landlord’s request, even though he did nothing to violate the lease in any regard,” attorney Fred Rabner said.
Rabner’s client, Michael Norman, threw in the towel and agreed to close Club Zen over safety concerns.
“Mr. Norman took more than enough precautions to safeguard his establishment,” Rabner said.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office saw things differently.
Forest City Enterprises owns the property where the club was located. They were also upset with what they had learned about the club.
“Very, very upset with some of the [activities] that we found out were going on at the club. Of course, there was a shooting. Prior to that, there was another incident,” Paul Burke said.
The shooting of 21-year-old Shaka McGhie was the final straw.
The District Attorney’s Office closed the club’s doors. However, the establishment has other issues including alleged problems with back drink taxes and liquor license issues.
There are no current plans to move the club to another venue.