City inspectors shut down an unlicensed club operating out of a tax preparation office in Roseland on Friday for violating COVID-19 restrictions, officials said.
Inspectors found 26 people in the tax preparation storefront operated by Loves Tax LLC at 10305 S. Martin Luther King Drive who paid a cover charge in an establishment licensed only for tax preparation services, according to a statement from the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.
The illegal club featured a DJ and dancers — but no masks or social distancing, officials said.
The business was cited for violating COVID-19 regulations, for operating a club without the proper licenses, for allowing indoor smoking and for interfering with the investigation, officials said. The business was also cited for operating an illegal club, officials said.
Faye Love, of Loves Tax LLC, called the citations “totally bogus.” Love said the only activity at the office on Friday was ongoing efforts to move out of the storefront.
Love said she plans to challenge the citations.
City inspectors also cited Miki’s Park, 109 W. Hubbard St., for violating COVID-19 regulations on Saturday by allowing 50 patrons to eat and drink indoors without complying with social distancing or face covering requirements.
City rules allow just 19 indoor patrons at the establishment. In addition, it was still open at 1:35 a.m., although bars and restaurants were required to close at 11 p.m. under the state rules in effect at the time, officials said. The establishment was cited for violating COVID-19 regulations and for interfering with the investigation, officials said.