Junction nightclub closed for not paying taxes

Auction of equipment, inventory slated Friday on North Avenue

Axis Nightclub, 2993 North Ave., has the appearance Sunday of business as usual, but taped inside the front door is a sign from the Colorado Department of Revenue stating that the club and its assets have been seized for “nonpayment of taxes.”

The state of Colorado has seized and shut down a Grand Junction nightclub for nonpayment of taxes, and it’s unclear if or when it will reopen.

It wasn’t immediately known how much in taxes Axis Nightclub, 2993 North Ave., owes the state. Despite owing taxes, the club was still listed in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

A sign posted on the front door of the club, which opened last March, indicated the club was closed this past weekend but will reopen next weekend. It’s unclear when the sign was posted.

But the state Department of Revenue has ordered all of the club’s equipment and inventory to be auctioned off this week. The auction is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the club.

Club owner Neal DeHaven couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.

Whatever business has occupied the building at 2993 North Ave. in recent years has had problems avoiding legal trouble.

The former occupant, the Rum Bay nightclub, received a lot of scrutiny from the state and Mesa County in its three years of existence because of numerous law-enforcement calls to the establishment. The club’s liquor license was suspended for 30 days in 2006 because an employee served a visibly intoxicated person.

Rum Bay came under new ownership in 2007, and its owners vowed to rebuild its image. But the club closed again in 2008 when several people were caught on video performing simulated sexual acts with members of a female strip and oil wrestling troupe.

Rum Bay was sold last year to DeHaven, who changed the club’s name and had to agree to several conditions requiring security, working video surveillance cameras, properly trained bar staff and assurances that minors will not be sold alcohol.

The night Axis opened in March, it received two bomb threats. But it had been in good standing with the county.


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