Rum Bay club liquor license in limbo while lease is settled

A hearing that could transfer the liquor license for the Rum Bay nightclub to new management has been delayed until Dec. 1.

Patrizia Spencer, the owner of Vaquero’s Boutique in Clifton, which sells Western items, has an application on file with Mesa County to transfer the ownership of Rum Bay’s liquor license into her name and her partner’s name, Roberto Trevino Pardon. But in order to acquire the license Spencer and Pardon must have either a lease for Rum Bay, 2993 North Avenue, or buy the property outright.

According to Spencer’s application for the transfer of the liquor license, she and Pardon have a lease with Ron Nunnery, the owner of Rum Bay. But a letter, hand-delivered from Nunnery to the county, says otherwise.

“The terms and conditions of the lease have not been met,” according to the letter. “There is not a valid lease on the property and any attempts to acquire a temporary liquor license in regards to this premises at this time should cease.”

Spencer’s son, Pablo Spencer, told the Mesa County Commission on Monday, “We haven’t paid.”
Patrizia Spencer said they have not paid on the lease, signed Oct. 20 for $5,000 a month, because Rum Bay needs more repairs than she anticipated. She said she is now looking into the possibility of buying the property.

The Rum Bay club has experienced a history of alcohol-related incidents from numerous bar fights to DUIs being issued near the bar.

After Nunnery lost the liquor license for the bar, it was transferred to Bill Logsdon and Greg Rohlman.

The county threatened to pull the bar’s liquor license after inappropriate activity by a traveling hot oil wrestling troupe was discovered. Logsdon and Rohlman agreed to relinquish the liquor license for the bar prior to a county hearing.

Patrizia Spencer gave few details of possible plans for a new Rum Bay, which will be named the Riviera. She did promise to offer one day exclusively for the under-21 crowd.

“We will have at least one day for minors,” Spencer said. “I’d like to have something for kids to do.”


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