Expired business license shutters 'The Block'

August 22, 2017
Catherdral City, CA

By Jesus Reyes

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Code enforcement closed the Block Sports Bar & Grill Thursday afternoon due to a business license, which expired in April.

The owner now has to reapply as a new business.

New businesses have to go through an entire process of starting over, which includes fire, health, city inspections along with proof of liquor license from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

The Block will remain shut down until its business license is placed back in active status.

The bar has been plagued by recent crimes. In June 2016, three men attacked a man outside the bar, leaving him in a coma. He later died. The three men plead not guilty to murder charges this past June. In March 2017, two men were shot in the bar's parking lot.

The most recent incident happened just a couple of weeks ago where a man was shot two times inside the bar. Four suspects were arrested in connection with the shooting on July 28 at a Beaumont gas station.

KESQ / CBS Local 2 spoke with the owner of the Block who does not have a comment on the matter at this time.

SOURCE: http://www.kesq.com/news/the-block-shut-down-due-to-expired-business-license/602878054