Serving booze at proposed Richmond karaoke club ‘essential’

Serving booze at proposed Richmond karaoke club 'essential' to success

A karaoke night club with booze? It isn’t just ideal – it’s “essential.”

That’s what we learned from a Richmond Planning Department application proposing to create the W Club at 5327 Jacuzzi St. in Richmond.

Shihong Lin has applied with the city for a conditional use permit to serve alcohol at the proposed Karaoke night club near the intersection of Central Avenue and the I-80 freeway in the city’s Annex neighborhood.

Lin is apparently well aware that alcohol can cure stage fright for many amateur singers. According to city documents prepared by Senior Planner Jonelyn Whales:

“The applicant contends that the sale of alcohol would enhance operations at the night club and is essential to its success.”

The night club would be in 7,200 square foot space and aims to have 18 private karaoke rooms with audio equipment, chairs and couches. An open floor plan would include a lobby, DJ rooms, and, of course, a service bar for drinks.

Lin requested to run the establishment between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday, but Alcohol Beverage Control and Richmond Regulatory Unit recommend he business close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The club, which is scheduled for a public hearing at the city’s Planning Commission on June 9, would operate in a space vacated earlier this year by CJS Menswear, which sold men’s sportswear and outdoor gear.