Backstreet Closed Down ... Again

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Backstreet, the city's largest gay nightclub, has been shuttered as a public nuisance once again after a Saturday night raid.

The club was closed in September 2009 by District Attorney Bill Gibbons' office after authorities say they witnessed illegal drug sales, illegal alcohol sales, and gambling inside the club on at least six occasions.

The most recent raid seems to stem from owner Shane Trice failing to make good on promises to add security officers, check customers for drugs and weapons upon entrance, and convert the former "dark room" (where some patrons allegedly participated in sexual acts) into a coffee bar. Gibbons will now ask a judge to permanently close Backstreet.

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