Site of Chris Brown–Drake Brawl Reopens With Restrictions

Greenhouse and W.i.P back in business, but must serve drinks in plastic cups.

Posted: 07/10/2012 11:00 AM EDT
Chris Brown Drake Brawl Site Reopens With New Regulations

After a rough few weeks tangling with city authorities and negative press, the Manhattan nightclub that played host to the infamous bottle-throwing June brawl between Drake and Chris Brown's entourages has reopened...with a few caveats. The club, W.i.P., and its sister bar, Greenhouse, now must serve drinks in plastic cups among other restrictions, the Associated Press reports.

In the aftermath of the sensational melee in which several people including NBA star Tony Parker were injured by flying glass, the clubs were temporarily shut down due to code violations. Late last month, both venues had their liquor licenses suspended in an emergency meeting of the New York State Liquor Authority.

“The SLA will not tolerate violent bars that break the law,” SLA chairman Dennis Rosen said at the time.

But in a favorable ruling Monday by state Supreme Court Justice Geoffery Wright, W.i.P and Greenhouse were allowed to reopen while dueling lawsuits with the city make their way through the court. Forcing the clubs to go out of business before the legal process had run its course would be unfair, Wright said.

As part of the deal to reopen, the club owners have promised to be "focused on providing a safe and fun atmosphere for our customers," which includes inspecting all bags and serving drinks in plastic cups.

But even if they eventually win their battle with the city, the club owners still have another hill to climb. Parker, whose career was temporarily threatened by a lacerated cornea, is currently suing Greenhouse for $20 million. Several other victims who were injured during the chaos have lawyered up to pursue legal action.


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