- Chris Brown performs at Love on New Year's Eve. (Photo: AP/Shea Walsh)
It looks like Love is finally, officially under new ownership and the club will soon be hosting live concerts again on a regular basis.
Cynthia Simms, spokesperson for the city's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration confirms that the liquor license for Love nightclub has been transferred from former owner Marc Barnes to current owner Dean Smothers.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control board provisionally approved the transfer in October; it was revisited earlier this month during a fact-finding hearing where the board expressed concern over back taxes owed by Smothers for his Northeast nightclub the Scene, and outstanding paperwork relevant to the transfer. Simms said the transfer was completed shortly after Smothers submitted all necessary documents, including a clean hands certificate showing he is in good standing with the city's Office of Tax and Revenue.
Ajiboye Laosebikan, spokesperson for Love, also confirms that the club will be open, with its new ownership/management in place, on Christmas Day. "I can confirm that we’re up and running, the license has been transferred, and we're ready to go," he says.
So, now that all of that business stuff is out of the way, the big question is: who will be the first artist to grace the stage at the new Love? So far, it looks like it will be R&B singer Chris Brown.
Laosebikan says C. Breezy is a go for a New Year's Eve party at the club. He adds that Wale will be in the building during Love's free Christmas Day party, but he can't confirm whether he'll be performing or not. "I can say that the new management is looking forward to having him here," Laosebikan says.
As far as what patrons will see once they get through the line and past security on Saturday, Laosebikan says not to expect too many drastic changes: "You'll see different things, but we're not trying to reinvent the wheel."