Vt. Club Shutting Doors

A club in South Burlington, Vt., called The Venue is shutting its doors after facing scrutiny from the city and restrictions on its liquor license. 

“It has been 5 yrs since the commencement of ‘VENUE,’” the club wrote in a recent Facebook post.

“From hosting local bands, national acts, foam parties, jello wrestling, Chippendale’s, country nights, wild, crazy themed parties, and charity events, we can say we’ll leave our mark as a great entertainment venue in VT. With this said, all good things must come to an end. But nothing is meant to last forever.”

Safety at The Venue was considered an issue after police responded to calls over fights, obscene behavior and occupancy violations in the 230-capacity club, which reportedly had as many as 600 patrons in the building for some events.

Officials asked the club to limit itself to the smaller capacity and restricted the club’s liquor license March 17, the Burlington Free Press reported. But just because The Venue is shuttering doesn’t mean that owners Mike Couture and his aunt and business partner Carolyn Jones are getting out of the business completely.

The Facebook post added that the pair is packing up and heading south to pursue a new venue venture. “We are saddened for the end of our era here in Vt., however we’re also excited and optimistic for our new journey and future in the Sunshine State-Fl.,” the post said.