Blue Moon Nights in Foreclosure

The controversial nightclub was the subject of a public hearing in July after many complaints against it were filed by neighborhood residents.

During his presentation to the , LAPD North Hollywood Division Senior Lead Officer Rob Benavidez said the controversial club is now in foreclosure, provided the business owner does not appeal by Nov. 28. 

The Web site LoopNet.com lists the property as bank-owned and for sale as of Oct. 27. When reached by phone, the club's owner, Eduardo Hernandez, said the property had not been foreclosed upon yet but the bank was in the process of doing so. He also said he was unaware of any Nov. 28 deadline, but anticipated the club would close soon, although he intended to be open this weekend.

"It is going to be closed, that is for sure. It is in foreclosure," said Hernandez.

In July, a hearing about the club was held at the Van Nuys Civic Center after multiple residents filed complaints with the city alleging it had become a nuisance to the neighborhood, with police reports ranging from theft and battery to illegally serving liquor after hours. Shots were also fired outside the club on the night of July 24, and multiple Patch readers wrote in, saying the shooter had been a patron inside the club. No one was shot during the incident, but it didn't help the club's reputation. The club frequently stayed open until after 6 a.m. with all-night dance parties that would go on until after sunrise, and at the hearing Hernandez tried to argue to allow the club to stay open after hours.

After the hearing, Hernandez agreed to change the hours until midnight on Sundays through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. He said he implemented the new hours on Oct. 1, but a large portion of Blue Moon Nights' profits had come from it being known as an afterhours club, and he said that the change in hours has affected profits significantly and led to the foreclosure.

"The change of hours is what did it. We used to be open five, six nights a week until 6 a.m., now we have maybe one, two nights, and we are always closed now by [2 a.m.],"  Hernandez said.

Hernandez said he has owned the club for seven years and it is his only business. If the club closes he said he is unsure what he will do next, and also said he felt persecuted by the city and that the club's ability to make a profit was purposefully hindered by the city's new regulations.

"This is my business. It's unfortunate. The city seems to have something against us. Someone wants this building," he said.

Nino November 17, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Great, An eyesoar and drug ridden joint has no place in a pleasant progressive neighbourhood. About time.
larry November 17, 2011 at 05:09 PM
I live nearby and hear about many fights ,and with guns from patrons of this place. The neighborhood deserves better, Toluca Lake an NO HO residents are tired of all the commotion from this club
Mark Groveman November 17, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Staying open and serving alcohol past 2AM is not playing by the same rules as the other clubs.
john sullivan November 17, 2011 at 09:23 PM
For the record, the club was open past 2:00 a.m on several occasions after October 1, 2011. I think I saw saw senior lead officer Benavidez there at 7:00 a.m. one Sunday morning during the month of October along with an ambulance in apparent rescue of one of the club's patrons. Further, the building is foreclosed and the appeal referenced in the article I believe is the ruling by the LA Zoning Administrator which may be appealed up and until November 28, 2011. That appeal has nothing to do with the foreclosure which resulted from the owner's failure to pay the mortgage on the property.
Ronda Jordan December 30, 2011 at 06:18 AM
The club owner is delusional if he thinks the problem is regulation by the city. Until extremely recently, there has been zero regulation on his particular business - in fact, they've been allowed to operate outside the main law of the LA land. All other clubs must close at 2am, which is barely reasonable when you open a night club in the middle of a very quiet, residential neighborhood. It isn't a developer or another business or "the city" that wants them gone; it's the police and the entire community. They are a menace. I've lived two blocks from this club for years and I don't know one neighbor who'd walk past it on a late Saturday night, much less be a customer. Blue Moon Nights caters to the lowest common denominator... the druggie, the criminal, the drunk driver, the thief, the gun-toting gang-banger. I'm young and I wouldn't dream of risking my life by going there. Hope the new owner keeps all this trouble with the city and its residents in mind when putting a new business in there. Good riddance, Hernandez and BMN!


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