Overland Park revokes South Beach Café's liquor license

The South Beach Café in Overland Park was supposed to be “one hot destination.”

Not any more.

The Overland Park City Council last night voted unanimously to revoke the club’s drinking establishment license. It was the first time in 14 years the city had revoked a drinking establishment license, officials said.

The club, which officials say is now closed, was located at 11300 W. 135th Street just east of Quivira Road.

The city found that on two occasions alcohol was served after 2 a.m. in violation of city code. It occurred once last Dec. 16 and another time on March 4, city officials said.

City officials say that on March 4 one of the nightclub’s partners gave his son access to the club for an after-hours party.

The partner denied allowing alcohol to be served and there was no evidence indicating that he knew of the violation, city officials said.

However, city officials said the partner was aware of the Dec. 16 violation when it occurred, the city said.

The city suspended the club’s license on April 29 for 30 days and the the police chief subsequently recommended that the license be revoked.

The City Council followed the recommendation. A city spokesman said no one representing the establishment attended Monday night’s meeting where the license was revoked.

A MySpace page advertising the club indicates that it’s “relocating to (a) newer and more centralized location for all of Kansas City to enjoy.”

The same Internet site said the club offered “a tropical atmosphere filled with music and a gourmet cuisine featuring your hottest seafood selections.

“With its sexy staff, South Beach Cafe is one hot destination! South Beach Cafe’s festive events are hot enough to keep Kansas City’s temperatures steadily rising.”

The city attempted to reach each of the business partners by mail at 11300 W. 135th Street starting on March 25. The letters were returned as non-deliverable.

The city listed the establishment’s partners as Craig M. Stephens of Lenexa, Richard C. May Jr. of Kansas City and Greg Fetters of Independence. A reporter’s attempt to reach each of the three partners this morning was unsuccessful.