White Center’s former Club Evo: New partnership, business model

By Deanie Schwarz
Reporting for White Center Now

Alfred Lopez, owner of 9625 16th SW and the now-dissolved entity that did business there as Club Evolucion, has confirmed to WCN that he has a new plan for the space.

He confirms that he has entered into a formal, as-yet-unnamed and unincorporated partnership with Danny Yarbrough (at right, above, with Lopez at left; he’s owner of Citrus) that will develop the former Club Evo space into a Latin “banda” entertainment venue (for 18 and over) and eventual restaurant and lounge.

The partners finalized their agreement this past week and spoke to WCN about the development of the property, which was placed under a permanent injunction through the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Civil Division in May. The partners have begun in earnest, having already met with DDES, contacted the city of Burien Police and Sgt. Rodney Chinnick, the head of the KCSO’s Gang Unit, as well as contacting the Police Guild about off-duty deputy security coverage.

“We will make sure we get all of the proper licenses and permits before we do anything. We had a meeting with DDES about what we need to do. The first step is the sprinklers and Fire Department inspections. Then the public entertainment and public dance permits and the state of Washington master business license,” Yarbrough explains.

The partners also spoke of in-the-near future plans for outreach to various community organizations to (re-)introduce themselves and their proposed business model. They’re looking at the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, the White Center Community Development Association, the White Center Chamber of Commerce and the newer White Center Business Owners of Sustainable Support mixer group.

The club was shut down for noncompliance last year and soon after, the property went into foreclosure proceedings. But, the property was not put up for sale as a foreclosure, says Lopez, because he found a group of investors to assist in paying off the 10-year note to the previous owner.

Lopez is very clear to state that the first compliance task is to meet the requirements of the injunction before any business of any kind is to operate at the space in the heart of the revitalizing White Center business district. Those requirements will include any and all of the proper county and state licenses, but in order to apply for licenses, the site’s sprinkler system must be given occupancy approval by the North Highline Fire District fire marshal.

The sprinkler system installation was completed in November 2010 by an approved contractor; however, a completely new and separate water line and meter needs to be approved and installed by Seattle Public Utilities. The Fire Department ordered specific work to be done such as closing up exposed walls and will not be back till the meter and water lines are installed and approved to inspect the sprinkler system.

King County has approved the sprinkler plans on paper and Lopez believes the County will be forwarding them shortly to SPU. If and when SPU approves the plans, the meter installation will be scheduled six to eight weeks out, depending on the backlog of work.

The problematic history of the former Club Evo goes back a number of years and Lopez says emphatically and repeatedly that the space will never be like the former Club Evo again. Once all compliance work has been met and all appropriate licenses have been approved, they intend to open one night a week – Saturdays – as an 18-and-older dance venue with live “banda” music – Mexican country music — Yarbrough says, with salsa and meringue dancing. They plan on operating about four to six months with this schedule to generate initial revenue as they design the 16th Ave facing side of the property for a restaurant/lounge. That work will require major remodeling, including the installation of a kitchen and hood. They say they will not be serving alcohol on the premises during this period.

Lopez is living with his two teenage sons in the upstairs apartments while he finalizes the partnership agreement and oversees the remodeling and compliance work. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Washington, mostly occasional personal-injury cases for friends, he says, but lives most of the time in Southern California. He said that he plans on being in White Center as much as possible as this new business model is undertaken. “I want nothing to do with the old Club Evo. Believe me, “ he said. As if to make his point, he went outside the building and removed the old exterior signage as our interview concluded.

A new coat of paint was put on a few days later.

After the sprinkler system and meter are approved, the next phase of the partnership will be the design work with new partner Yarbrough who, in addition to being involved with Exposure, a promotions company, owned a Belltown restaurant prior to selling it and purchasing the former TGIF site on Lake Union to develop Citrus development in 2010. Yarbrough also worked for Consolidated Restaurants (Metropolitan Grill, Union Square Grill and Elliott’s Oyster House) as a bookkeeper after college, as well as a bartender and assistant manager. He also worked in real estate during the boom market in Seattle and began to “flip” commercial properties soon after.

Lopez told us, “We want to eliminate any problems we had before, the biggest prior one being a hip-hop crowd on Friday nights.“

“This will be a salsa and meringue crowd – cowboy boots and hats and Mexican country music,” Yarbrough added.

“We will be eliminating any issues we had before with minors. And the most important measure, aside from having off-duty officers on site both inside and out, is that a strict dress code will be enforced,” said Lopez. “I forbid gang-related attire.“

“If they don’t come dressed appropriately and are unwilling to undergo a full-body pat down, they will be asked to leave and maybe come back another time,” said Yarbrough, who says he will be acting on site as Operating Manager. He will also be hiring civilian security staff.

They discussed plans for eventually multi-purposing the large dance hall section for rentals, for quinceañeras or graduations, bar mitzvahs or community events and the like once compliance has been achieved and the restaurant has been built out. The dance area will have new flooring and a stage installed, as well as a new lighting system. The hoped-for eventual design phase will include menu development and extensive reworking of the 16th Ave. SW. side of the property to include new bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area.

If everything goes as they have planned, they hope to be open in two months.

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67 Responses to “White Center’s former Club Evo: New partnership, business model”

  1. Really? The owner/manager of a former gang hangout club is now “reformed” and his new nightclub will be all cuddly and awesome? What a pile of sh*t. When I leave this neighborhood it will be because people like this were allowed to continue running businesses rather than being indicted.

  2. Let me get this right, this is the same Alfredo Lopez who promised us everything would be great when he opened Club Evolucion back six or so years ago? I attended meetings with him and his security officer at that time and we were promised everything would be on the up and up with great security. Then the problems began with street fights, drinking on the streets and people peeing in the alleys and bushes. All this was before he opened it up to the hip-hop crowd on Friday nights. Then the problems were compounded. At that time he said that he would be living here as well to keep an eye on things.

    Now he wants to open a restaurant and lounge that will serve alcohol in an area that is already saturated with places serving alcohol. He promised to keep out gang members before by enforcing a dress code at the door. Gangs continued to gather in the area. Those attending Club Evo came from as far away as Yakima which is hardly catering to local residents. What will be different this time? Calls to the sheriff’s office dropped by 40% according to one deputy when Club Evo was closed this past fall. We do not need a dance club which could be configured to hold 600 in our small downtown area.

  3. Here we go again. Gill is right. We heard all this crap before. He should open somthing like this in the sodo or maybe in south park. Open it somewhere where it won’t efect other bussiness that are trying to improve the neighbor hood and not bring it down with this punk atracting venue.

  4. Who could we talk to in order to prevent this establishment from ever receiving a license to serve alcohol on the premises?

  5. Seriously. UGH!

  6. Adam – The Liquor Control Board always takes comments on license applications – we routinely watch the license application list on the LCB website and certainly there’s nothing for this yet. (Follow the link for New Liquor License Actions on the http://www.liq.wa.gov home page).

  7. Well, I am interested to see what happens. It could be really good for White Center and for our multi-cultural community. I am sure that there will be a hell of a lot more community oversight than before with all the new businesses in the WC area. I always loved seeing people in their white hats and black boots.

  8. well i think that this will be a very good thing actually. It sounds very promissing. I have met the new partner and talked with alfredo personally and it sounds like they got there stuff together. It seems he knows where the problems were coming from and is sincere when he says he wants it to be differant. I personally say lets give these guys a second chance. Afterall everyone deserves a second chance right? I love to dance to salsa music with my hubby and look forward to having a place close to home where i can go=) i am excited for this place to get up and going. Ok ok ya i see what u guys r sayin but lets see. I am certian it will be great. And i think that the idea of a high class resteraunt in white center would do this place some good. everyone eats and even i like a nice sit down place to relax in. Without traveling away from home…so come on lets give them a second chance think of the positive that could come from this.

  9. I would love to have a local venue for live latin dance music.
    The problem I had with Club Evo is that it seemed so shady that there
    is no way I would take my wife in there. Make it safe, clean, and fun and I will
    be there.

  10. Jacks, As the saying goes fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

  11. This guy has had pawlenty of “second chances”. Here is a list of the second chances and reasons he should not have another, that I know of:

    Sept 3rd 2010, during a large fight that broke out inside the club a young man was shot. Even though there were hundreds of witnesses, and Alfredo’s “expert security”, no one saw anything. He was allowed to reopen.

    He swore he was working on the fire sprinkler issue. Nope. Not until they finally shut him down.

    He was shut down for selling liquor without a license. I am sure no under age kids got any of that.

    He allowed a registered sex offender to manage his under age dance club.

    He has always maintained that they do not allow gang members, yet the news photographed gang members, in “gang attire” throwing signs in his club next to members of his security and management staff.

    When a large fight broke out in his club, his “expert security staff” pepper sprayed the entire crowd and then shoved them out into the street. The staff then locked their windowless doors, and let the rest of the neighborhood deal with it. This resulted in graffiti and broken windows on local store fronts, a young woman to lose most of her front teeth, AND SOMEONE BEING SHOT IN THE CROSS WALK IN THE MIDDLE OF 16th.

    Alfredo is not going to create a fancy dinner club. He is going to shine that turd just enough to pass inspections, then he is going to cater to the same crowd he always had, but now with hard alcohol.

  12. I am all for White Center having a nice, fancy restaurant. I support that fully. But a night club mixed with bar and lounge that already has a poor, toxic exposure to the neighborhood? Umm…I wouldn’t call that “fancy.”

    I’m really sick of White Center being a dumping ground for losers to hang out and destroy whatever good the neighborhood is trying so hard to improve and make nicer. I don’t see how this questionable and sketchy establishment can be good for the White Center Community at all.

  13. well i think its a great idea that will be great to be able to go out with my husband to a place that is close to home instead of down town where u get robbed . I love to dance but everywhere u go its all young kids like china harbor its all kids there. An u cant go to any of the bars in white center cus of all the drunks who try to hit on u and pee on ur cars an they cause fights to so i dont understand why everyone is always accuseing everything on club evo i think it will be great to have an 18 an up dance place

  14. ya i agree with liz just about a week ago there was a shooting at papa’s bar which a guy was injured and there are always fights there ,an now that they have a weed/pot bar and a place that distributes MJ no one talks about the adult store who has all there sex dolls and stuff in the window where kids can see that is not ok but no everyone is always sayin stuff about the club evo well

  15. JW Before spewing out lies make sure you have your facts correct. As to Friday September 3 2010, no one was shot inside the nightclub. In fact no one has ever been shot, nor stabbed nor seriously injured inside the nightclub. My security staff hand pats down everyone entering the nightclub and no weapons of any kind have ever been found nor used inside the nightclub. Up until June 2010 off duty king county sheriffs worked as part of my security staff. I employed a total of three king county sheriffs every Saturday night. The sheriffs had been part of my security staff since approximately 2003. Unfortunately due to a decline in the economy I laid them off in June 2010.
    Also for your information, prior to June 2010 I never had any serious problems in the ten years I have operated the nightclub. Check your records with the King county sheriffs department. Prior to June 2010 I only opened the nightclub on Saturdays. Saturdays were and have always been Latin nights.

    In June of 2010 I allowed a promoter to begin offering hip hop nights on Fridays. This ran until September 2010 when I shut down this promoters hip hop Fridays due to the many problems that type of music attracted. Check your records with the King county sheriffs office and you will see that all problems ended with my decision to cease Friday Hip Hop nights.

    As to your lie in regards to the sprinklers once again check King county records. All sprinklers inside the entire building were completed in summer 2010. Interior sprinklers in the entire building costs alone were over $42,000.00 Once finally completed I anticipate costs to be near $75,000.00. My building will be one of the few sprinklered buildings in White center.

    Also my nightclub was never closed for selling liquor without a license. Check your records, if that had happened I would have been cited by the Liquor board. I have never been cited for any liquor violation.

    As to your lie that my manager was a registered sex offender, first and foremost that particular person was never my manager. In addition, to my knowledge the basis of his registration relates to an incident as a young boy, that happened nearly 20 years ago. To my knowledge he has no restrictions as to being around minors. As well the king county sheriffs office was fully aware of his status. He never caused any problems of any type. For your information that person has since secured other employment and will not be part of the new staff.

    As to gang members, the nightclub has always followed the advice of the King county sheriffs department as to how to address gang problems. The nightclub never allowed any type of gang attire inside the nightclub. Any such person attempting to enter the nightclub in gang attire was not allowed in. Also any person flashing gang signs was immediately ejected from the nightclub. As to the picture security did eject that person after that gang sign. Clearly a sign has to be flashed before security can see it and take action. Do not mislead people with that picture instead talk to the King county sheriffs officers that worked at the nightclub every Saturday night and ask them what our policy was as to gang attire and activity.

    As to the large fight you mention, once again tell the truth. That occurred on Hip Hop Fridays and pepper spray was used on the persons involved. That was one of the incidents that led me to shut down that promoters hip hop Fridays. As to someone being shot in the crosswalk any business cannot control the actions of others on the street. I was in my building when the latest shooting occurred in white center last week. That occurred on a week day on the sidewalk in front of a local bar. Should we shut down that bar because people on the street commit crimes. If so when it occurs on the street in front of the pizza business should we shut down the pizza establishment. As well the Saturday prior to that shooting I heard gun shots on the street in White center at 4:00 am. I continue to see drug dealers, overly intoxicated people on the street, vagrants, piss on the street, fights, arguments and many more problems in White Center. I hear police sirens throughtout the day. Do you really live in White Center and see the current problems?

    A few people have come up and asked my plans, do not assume or speculate or lie. I do not intend to allow any hip hop nights in my building. I learned greatly from that mistake. I intend to operate latin nights on Saturdays and plan to open a salsa night and a restaurant format in the future. I also will not be allowing minors in the nightclub. It will be adults, 18 and over only. I also intend to include the king county sheriffs as part of the new securtiy staff. I have brought in a partner, Daniel Yarbrough, who has worked for the finest establishments in Seattle. Feel free to visit his restaurant and nightclub on Lake Union to see the professionalism of his business. He will be primarily responsible for management of the business. I am confident he will work with me to create a fine establishment.

    Alfredo Lopez
    Building and busines owner white Center

  16. some people Says:

    you people r rediculous so wc is all cuddly and safe to walk the streets with children what part r u freakin walking in. I was walking up 16th ave with my son it reaked of weed due to the fact that there were a group of people smoking it right on the side walk like it was nothing. And then we crossed the street to get away from the smell and my son stops in front of all places the adult store who is displaying things in his window that my kids should not have to see!!!! Whats that mommy he says. How do u explain that nastyness to a 5 yr old seriously.. And now i dont even wanna walk the street day or night i am not risking my kids life. It takes 30 seconds for a stray bullet to come our way. I dont see how u guys think this place is any better than it use to be. U got the homless pissen and drinking anywhere they want. And i was propositioned by some old guy comin outta the bar the other day. gross if you ask me!!! But ya u guys r right whaite center is a better place. NOT! I dont really think the club being open or closed will make any differance. I felt safe when i was going there even being pregnant. So why dont the self righteous people. Stop pointing fingers at just one place!!!!!!

  17. Hi all. People are trying to comment under multiple names attached to the same IP addresses, which is equivalent to one person pretending to be many. While we do NOT require you to identify yourself with your real name, we also do NOT allow multiple aliases from the same IP address. Choose one name when you enter this discussion and stick with that, as only one name per IP address will be allowed (and so far we are seeing two IP addresses from which people are trying to use multiple aliases). Thanks!

  18. we r all differrant people we just use the same phone how can we make it where all our comments are read and heard seperatly with not having the same ip address all our emails r differant because between the 2 familys we have living here only one of a has a phone with internet???

  19. Can you finger the people posting under multiple names from the same IP? It’s really hard to have a community discussion when it’s being astroturfed and manipulated.

  20. Alfredo: are you saying that this article is wrong when it states that there was a shooting in your club?: http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-090410-whitecentershooting,0,4650963.story?track=rss

    If it’s wrong, what happened? I have a hard time taking what you’re saying seriously when it contradicts what the news has reported. I know you may have been busy in socal and not caring about your club, but what makes this time different?

  21. What I really love about White Center is it’s diversity of businesses. The fact that Proletariat and Full Tilt (very family friendly) operate such busy and successful establishments with Stan’s so close, is pretty amazing. I have been perplexed with Stan’s decision to put certain toys in the window (I thought that was illegal) but it doesn’t bother me – it’s just sex. As far as the weed smell, I’d rather smell that than urine from the drunks. It sounds to me that Alfredo learned a very valuable lesson, and I will be interested to see how his patron’s treat the neighborhood.

    @Adam – that one paragraph from Q13 is hardly proof enough that the shooting occurred in the club in my opinion. He also explained what will be different in his lengthy explanation above.

  22. Q13 Sept 3 http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-090410-whitecentershooting,0,4650963.story?track=rss
    This report says there was a shooting in your business.

    Let me get this straight. From June to Sept you allowed an outside promoter to host parties that resulted in a large scale brawls every night that they had events. You allowed this to go on for 4 months, 16 times, before you shut it down. You waited until someone was shot in front of your club before you put a stop to it. During your most violent events, you laid of the KCSO that were acting as your security to save money? You did all this, and you now want us to believe you have learned a lesson, and that the community should welcome you back with open arms?

    This is Lucas saying that he was your manager. He was your representative at many community meetings. He could be seen on Friday and Saturday nights wearing a “SECURITY” shirt.

    AS far as the sprinklers go, you should of had them installed ages ago. You were required to. Instead you stopped working on it and continued to hold events at your night club, jeopardizing the safety of your patrons until King County shut you down.

    Sorry, the club was shut down when another “outside promoter” was caught selling liquor.

    Anyone that has been past your club on a Saturday night knows that you cater to gang members. Anyone who has been to one of the many community meetings held over the years were the Sheriffs office has told us how gang violence is pretty much just when Club Evo is happening, knows you cater to gang members. The pictures in the Seattle times show you cater to gang members.
    Here is an article of Deputy Hancock telling the comuunity you cater to and attract known gang members.
    So this time it is going to be different?

    And yes Alfredo, if the pizza place across the street from you were having events every weekend that attracted thugs and gang members, they should be held responsible when one of their patrons shoots another patron in the middle of the street. Just as you are holding the “outside promoter” responsible for the shooting.

    “I continue to see drug dealers, overly intoxicated people on the street, vagrants, piss on the street, fights, arguments and many more problems in White Center. I hear police sirens throughtout the day. Do you really live in White Center and see the current problems?”
    I do live here and I do see the problems. I just do not need you adding to them. Friday and Saturday night calls to the KCSO has dropped 40% since the community put you out of business. I think you also need to know that this community is going to fight tooth and nail to keep you from reopening and pissing on this neighborhood from your home in California.

  23. foy boy i just dont think that we r being fair to these guys. He has a new partner who in all fairness has not had a chance at all. If i were him i would feel completley helpless and attacked. check out his place downtown it is very nice, and in talking with A.L. I really feel that this is the type of establishment he is aiming for. He has canceled out a great deal of the problems and is willing to work and be part of the community. I highly think that all of you ladies and gentelmen that have doubts need to go and talk to them at the club they r more than likley there and would probably even be willing to talk to u!!! I am certian that he is going to step up to the plate and make it nice again. A place where people can go with there spouses and dance and have a good time. Safley right here in there own town or very close to home…

  24. Jacks, I guess only time will tell. There is always that old saying that can go both ways. “I told you so”

  25. yes foy boy and i agree with that also but ya know i am just simply sayin if everyone deserves a SECOND chance then certianaly this new guy partner deserves a FIRST chance and if u r right about it u can be the first to tell me i told u so. And i am willing to except that but i dont think u will have to say anything. I really believe that they have there stuff together this time round.

  26. I’m not entirely certain that a business that occupies such a large and central footprint that’s to be open just one evening a week is ideal for that stretch of businesses.

    I am all for dance clubs, but the location in conjunction w/ other businesses that could use other businesses to augment commerce seems odd to me. Yes, the bars may benefit from the business of pre-or-post-funkers, but there seems to be the possibility of a continued cultural rift between patrons of the club (imports from as far away as Yakima???)and “anyone else” who may want to spend some time on Sin Strip.

    I’m not convinced that the past is in the past and that this business – as briefly presented here – is right for the area. I’ve seen good, interesting restaurants/bars develop into good, interesting clubs; I don’t usually see it go the other way around. I’d like to see the establishment of the promised upscale restaurant to build a clientele that would enjoy and benefit from having a place to let loose and dance the night away – and to politely pee in appropriate receptacles inside the estiblishment and generally behave themselves.

  27. Cassie, If you have been reading any coments on this blog for anytime you might have read several complaints about papas pub and DKs. Both of these places are nothing but gang and drug dealing hubs. People just need to keep complaining to the liquor board. By the way anybody Know what the up date is on the shooting out side papas pub?

  28. To clarify a couple of items. Mr. Lopez did not “due to a decline in the economy I laid them off in June 2010” lay off the deputies. They declined further employment by Mr. Lopez as Club Evo was under investigation by the King County DDES (Dept. of Development and Environmental Services) for a number of problems not the least of which was a non-functioning sprinkler system.

    In addition, those of you that are interested should check out Mr. Yarbrough’s TWO lounges, Citrus, already mentioned and Fusion (University District). A brief Google search makes for some very interesting reading particularly on their Yelp reviews. They are numerous so make sure to sort them from top to bottom and bottom to top. Enjoy your reading.

    P.S.: There is only one me from one IP address.

  29. well i know that the owner will try dothere best to have a safe place for us to be able to enjoy ourselves and with officers being there from open to close inside and out that there will be no problems wat more can u ask for it will a secuered club . I think u people just need to have some faith and stop judgeing people about there buisnesses and worry about urselves. Or maybe if he turned it into a strip club u wouldnt be complaining . Why, cus its a place where u guys would go to get away from ur wives , of course u be happy it was a strip club

  30. Really, you think this guy who has lied to our community since the day he opened deserves a second chance now that he has found a couple of.partners? Have you seen the outside of the club since they painted it ? Does that really look like an upscale restaurant? Nope just the same pile of crap with a coat of slopped on cheap paint.

    No, he had his chances. Plenty of them. This neighborhood does not need this guy dragging it down any further.

  31. not a couple partners one partner!!!! And what is with all the hostility and anamosity between us all? We r suppose to be neighbors. Last i checked neighbors did not treat one another like this!!!! And yes i feel one last chance cant do any harm. And also he owns the building so technically this is his neighborhood… The colors dont bother me it looks more modern and up to date… Look at the apartments up the street… But ok if it were your building what would u have painted it cuz there is nothing else u can do but paint it? He is trying and all he gets is knocked down! I think we need to act like adults and not winey kids.as to makin this place a strip club ya kinda made me chuckle. Cuz hey we would be bringing more buisness in to the places here like stans and all the bars… Thats to funny.. But no how bout not!!!

  32. Owning that building does not make you a neighbor it makes you a slum lord. How many people need to get hurt until his chances are up?

  33. again drop the hostility what kind of example for white center are making by attacking everyone and there opinions!!!!!!!!! Really…. R u serious???? This is a discussion not i am right u r wrong shut the hell up deal….. I am certain u r not no saint and i gaurentee i am not and neither is he

  34. if u cant have a civilized convo then dont reply to my comments its that simple…. Because i support them and so do a whole ton of other people! and whats more? I CAN okay!!!! We really have no say in what he does with his property. Its his not ours. Not yours. Not mine. His.

  35. We do have a say actually. We have a say when he applies for his liquor license. We have a say when he applies for a changeof use permit. We have a say in this public forum. We also have a say on what he does when people are shot in the street because of his careless actions.

    This man does not deserve a second chance to get some one killed. It is as simple as that.

  36. just so you know mister lopez i am rooting for u and your new partner. Unlike some people i have faith in everyone and Will not put anyone down. I know we all make mistakes…. And we also learn from those so. Keep us informed to your opening date cuz u can bet me and my hubby will be there. I will be the first person waiting at the door opening night

  37. so your problem is with him not me quit bitchin at everything i say.

  38. Adam: I clearly state to you that no shooting occurred in the club as insinuated in that article. Don’t believe everything that is written in a newspaper. Instead review the police records and witneses in the club that night.

    JW Review Police records for Friday nights from June through September 2010 and you will see that there were not large scale fights as you allege every weekend. If your going to say something at least be accurate and don’t mislead the White Center Community. Also you continue to lie indicating the club was shut down for a liquor violation, odd that my business never was cited and opened every Saturday until mid November when I closed the nightclub for other reasons.

    Also as to Deputy Handcock you fail to see that he states that the club is run very well on the inside. Where does Deputy Hancock state that I catered to gang members. Yes a Latin nightclub will attract latinos who may be gang members just as a white nightclub could attract skin heads. But in the area I controlled, the nightclub, people were allowed to dance and have a good time. No gang activty was tolerated. The nightclub never catered to gang members. No gang attire of any type was ever allowed inside the nightclub. I ejected anyone who attempted any type of gang behavior inside the nightclub. Repeat offenders wher banned from one month to a year and some trespassed from the nightclub. Talk to the King County sherrifs deputies that worked for the club and ask them if I allowed gang actity inside the nightclub. Does any business run the steets and parking lots. My nightclub is not open and I see quote gang members in White center every day. Who should we shut down or should we try to get these White center residents banned from your community?

    And JW when I purchased the building and opened the nightclub in 2000 White center was the wild wild west. Shootings, killings, robberies, rapes, drug dealing and prostitution. I cleaned out my building and employed three off duty King county sheriifs deputies who were on the street in front of the nightclub every Saturday night. There handled many problems at other bars and on the street and they were a big part of white center getting better. I could have told them to stay inside my club and not worry about the neighborhood but I didn’t. They were patrolling the white center streets and made a difference. I will request them to once again work for my nightclub and it would be great for the neighborhood if other businesses would hire off duty sheriffs as well.

    And by the way JW you are not the community of White Center only someone who clearly does not want latinos where you live. There are more of us every day JW, change is coming.

    And a warning, my wife picked the colors for the building don’t let her see you on the street.

  39. hey JW shut the hell up…… Ok for one i lived in whitecenter for many years and guess wat all the drugs anhomless people an drunks and fight and shootings have been in whitecenter before he opened up his club so shut the F+ck up . Wat u scared he might get better buisness when he does have a resturant u scared he might take customers for wat ever u do … HEY jackass grow up leave our free of speech alone and keep urs to urself how bout that huh ok sounds good ….. Good it does to me .. When u repeat wat we say u sound stupid ….

  40. ya JW who do u think you are huh GOD well ur not and guess wat one more thing to add is washinton oregon and cali and texas an arizona were part of mexico if u read back along time ago those lands were trible lands before the white people chased the indians down to mexico so now that they r comin back to there lands u want to kick them out of it well u must be white an a raceist pig how bout u go back to where u came from where all the white people came from the other side of the states ….. And germany and russia…. Did u also u celebrate a holiday that is for latins its called christifer columbus day hey was from spain which r hispanics on so r italiy thank god i graduated with 4.9 with honors an thank god i had the chance to get to know my ancesters otherwise i would know wat i know so back off if u dont like latins then move somewhere where there is none and i dout u live in whitecenter

  41. just last night there was a huge fight out side the bars but know one called the cops nope the kept there mouths shut and u know i was there the night of the shooting at paps pub with my kids after getting ice cream plus there was another lady who was pregnant out side with her hubby and friends who had to run for there lives we all ran but i dont hear u complaining about that me or my kids could have gotten hit by a stray bullet oh but ur not worried about the bars just the club right well the club has not been open for a long time and there are still people peeing shooting smokin weed on the streets ,fightingoutside the bars so wat u gonna do about that nothin right ur just worried about the club or maybe one of the bars is urs huh i think ur scared to loose customers

  42. Cassie, seriously spell check.

    Alfredo are you really saying your club made the neighborhood safer ? Even though every sheriff that spoke at a public meeting said differntly, even though the sheriffs now say that crime is down 40% since you closed, even though people have been shot because of your carelessness, you are really going to say that you made the neighborhood safer?

    I was in the area and saw the fights every night. We can pull the 911 reports and they will show there were largescale fights every night. Maybe if you were in the area on those nights you would know.

    Just apply for a liquor license and see what happens.

  43. maybe i should go and complain about the bars and get them shut down and while im at it get the adult store shut down to for all his sex props in the windows which is illegal cus kids can see it disgusting makes me wanna puke i cant walk past the bars with out drunk guys hittind my ass when i walk by WITH my husband of course he wont say nothing cus he dont want no problems with drunk people but one day they will get pepper sprayed cus im done dealing with those people maybe a stun gun or a tazer would be better or maybe i should get a gum permit and a gun an start shooting wat would be the differance of the other people u wont do nothing out bout it an it would be out in front of the bars so wat u have to say about that now u get my point…

  44. jW i dont have to spell check i know wat im sayin an so do u so shut up and ya it was safer when he had the officers out side his club u may not believe it cus ur not around but it was they evan kept the bars undercontrol evan though they didnt have to an the bars werent payin them the club owner was so they were doin extra work aside from the club u were not payin them u dont know wat they do just cus one officer said somethin doesnt mean anything he is probly mad cus he got fired from workin at the club cus he wasnt doin his job …. So yes with them there it was safer i know this cus i went to the club and i know all the officers who worked there cus i would always talk to them and bring them coffee every time i saw them…. So yes JW it was safer

  45. so now u have nothing to say so how bout u read all ur facts and stop saying lies cus i did my own reseach and i have found nothing on any shooting in the club or anything go to the police records and read there u will feel like a complete jackass and a foul for say lies

  46. get ur facts straight before u open ur mouth again so i will leave u with some homework to do read the record an get the truth and stop ur BS cus ur really makin me mad u just like to cuase problems

  47. Well at least you got that 4.9 going for ya.

  48. Alfredo maybe you should see if Hancock will write a letter in favor of your new club? I could email him for you if you really want to see what his public comment would be on this.

  49. Comments mentioning race have been deleted. We haven’t previously had to assert rules here on WCN, but we have stringent rules on our larger site West Seattle Blog and will enforce them here if a discussion gets out of hand – no generalization/insinuation/insults/etc. based on traits with which people are born, including race, gender, size, sexual orientation. This is about a business, about its history and potential future, about community concerns. Please keep the discussion to those. Thank you.

  50. For anyone interested in finding out more about the new club, please plan on attending the July 7 North Highline Unincorporated Council meeting, as Alfredo Lopez will be attending, and will be available to answer questions/concerns about the planned establishment. All are welcome. The official agenda will be posted soon on White Center Now with more information regarding the meeting. You can also visit our website
    northhighlineuac.org. Thanks. Hope to see you there.

    Meeting: July 7 at 7 pm at North Highline Fire Station 11243 SW 112 Street, White Center.

  51. thank you tracy i could not have said it better myself. I think people have lost sight as to what this discusion is supose to be about.

  52. i will be attending this meeting for sure hope to see everyone else there also…

  53. perhaps alfredo will be able to clear some things up. Jw i would apreciate it if u could print the articles u r mentioning above as i am on a cell phone and it keeps booting me out of every site i get on…i am sure everyone would be interested in having a chance to read them.

  54. Oops, I entered the address Of the fire station where the North Highline
    Unincorporated Council meeting will be held incorrectly.

    The correct address is:

    1243 SW 112th street

    See you there.

  55. Thank you, Tracy, for clarifying the rules of civil discourse. I had been surprised the “race card” hadn’t been used earlier in the “discussion”.

    Now to some facts. Mr. Lopez contends “Unfortunately due to a decline in the economy I laid them off in June 2010.” referring to the off duty deputies he had hired. However, the off duty sheriff’s deputies declined further employment for this reason off of the King County website: “OPERATION OF A BUSINESS IN A SUBSTANDARD BUILDING WITH MULTIPLE FIRE CODE VIOLATIONS AND OPERATION OF A BUSINESS WITHOUT A KING COUNTY BUSINESS LICENSE dated” 07/01/2010.

    One other thing that should be pointed out is what has happened at Mr. Yarbrough’s TWO lounges, Citrus in Seattle and Fusion in the University District. For those of you interested in how he might contribute to a newly reopened Club Evo just do a Google search. There are several interesting observations in the numerous Yelp reviews. Be sure to read them from top to bottom and bottom to top.

  56. Mr. Lopez,
    If you really want to convince the Community that you will be operating under a different business model, perhaps you should open up starting with that different business model from the beginning. Start out with the restaurant first, then expand to evening entertainment later.

    If you open up with a low-key presence afternoons and weekdays, more people who live in the community will feel comfortable entering your establishment and getting to know you and your business. Eventually, some of us would love to have a place to listen to latin music in an environment where a broad range of people feel comfortable.

    If, however, you re-open one or two nights a week with loud thumping music coming out of your establishment, and the sidewalks crowded with people of a very narrow age range (most of whom do not live in the vicinity), then the Community will perceive that you have returned to your old business model.

    Please start out with an approach that is more inclusive of the people who live in the Community.

  57. I didn’t know they had closed until I noticed the absence or significant decrease of King County Police helicopters and police sirens, cars racing through my neighborhood with stereos that shake my walls, gunshots and fights, every Friday & Saturday night– about closing time to 4am. Every single weekend. It was scary. Maybe not all of it was Evo, but why hasn’t it happened every weekend since they closed?
    I am so disappointed to read that this club is re-opening.
    The owner proudly kicks out gang members a whole month for bad behavior? Or kicks them out for a year? How about 86 them PERMANENTLY?
    I am not excited about having an establishment in the neighborhood that is bragging about how they employ the KC Sheriffs for security. A well run club, with a civilized clientele shouldn’t have the need for this.
    How about an all-ages club, or a movie theater? How about a ballroom that caters to all kinds of dance styles like Century Ballroom? Community event center? Community Theater? I don’t see any community outreach. There are no windows, it’s literally closed off to the community. What is being hidden? It looks like king of a cool interior from the photo- why not show it off?
    The owner saying his wife picked the color and basically threatens in a previous post that he hopes she doesn’t see the person, that made a comment that they didn’t like it, on the street? Classy. I really hope he was trying to be funny. I have to agree that the color is so-so, but to each his/her own. Do they have to watch their back going in to Full Tilt because they said they don’t care for it??
    Citrus reviews on Yelp are mediocre. http://www.yelp.com/biz/citrus-seattle-3
    Fusion reviews on Yelp are HORRIBLE. http://www.yelp.com/biz/fusion-ultra-lounge-seattleGreat.
    I can’t wait. If the owner was truly a promoter of a healthy White Center community there would not be this amount of blogging outcry. I just don’t have good faith it’s going to be an asset to the neighborhood. I know there are lots of questionable businesses here, but quite a few invest time and money into improving the community as a whole. I just don’t get a very happy/friendly vibe from this.
    Keep an eye on the police reports, be friends with our deputies and assemble the facts when it comes time for application for liquor license if there are problems, even though we are promised there won’t be any.
    White Center has been getting better each year lately. There are great new businesses, Big Al’s, Full Tilt, Proletariat Pizza, COMPANY, they are doing such a fine job and are great members of the community. I hate to see it go backwards, even by one inch.
    Good luck to the owners and to White Center. I pray that they prove everyone wrong.

  58. it should not matter where the people come from and the point of a dance place is where u can dance to the music an of coures it will have high volume its a dance club there are no dance club that have quiet music so please and who cares if the people who go there r from timbukto or white center so wat that has bothing to do with it . Anyone is able to go where ever they want an u people cant say nothin about it

  59. Hopefully, the new partner will be at the NHUAC meeting as well with Mr. Lopez. It would be interesting to ask about the yelp reviews on Fusion & Citrus and why so many people have stated that both businesses suffer from identity crisis. Interesting reading thank you for all the links.

    I remember that shooting inside the club JW, I was down there and watched all the clientele rush out of the front doors when the gun shot was heard inside. People were even running down the street from there talking about what happened.

    The streets looking like Christmas Thursday through Saturday nights, the entire block from 98th St. to Roxbury lined with KCSO cars and Deputies, and all the violence that occured from the clientle the place drew are not missed Mr. Lopez. I hope it works this time.

  60. First off the gun was not in the club…again NOT IN THE CLUB…The gun was shot right in front of the Mexican Store across the street…Prior to what it says in the media the only shooting incident related to the club was that one in particular… the other shooting outside the gas station on Roxbury was not related to the club in any way…That man was homeless and never came to the club and didn’t get done by any patrons of the club…it was probably a drug deal gone bad

    Heidi we’ve never been open on thursday so its not us but I want to comment on the fact people are saying that there has been a 40% decrease in calls? the first few months even after evo closed there were cops there every weekend due to PAPA’S PUB and thier problems there…Constant gang drug and other illicit activity there not to mention now that the DK Cafe is a popular hangout for those that are gang related as well…and you don’t think that KCSO doesn’t want to make themselves look better by saying its been 40% better? They were there when these supposed problems were there so why didn’t they stop these things before they happened? I’m not one to pull any punches…I WON’T let you sit there and think that everything in White Center is honky dory when its definantly still a war zone…People are still tagging the area, breaking into buildings and cars, and KCSO is STILL RESPONDING TO CALLS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS

    And on several occaisions when its mentioned by people that Evo attracted gangs from Yakima? Deputy Hancock said this…the kids he was refering to are from Northgate not Yakima…I know because I know those kids he refers to…you guys think that all the problems were just because of this club when in all actuality the problems were mainly on friday nights which is why they are done doing friday nights…

  61. LT, Actually Evo was open on occasional Thursdays for awhile. I was there and I saw it open several different Thursdays with people in and out, it was low key and not your typical Friday and Saturday night large crowds. Maybe someone other than you had keys and held private parties. IDK.

    On the night of the shooting alleged inside the club, I was outside and saw mobs of people running out of the doors to save their lives as if, and I am surprised nobody was trampled.
    Yes, the sheriff’s office said that the gun was shot inside the club however, so did about 20 other people that were inside the club that had come running out and down the sidewalk.

    In reference to the shooting in front of the Mexican store??? – that was a separate incident. Four people got out of a dark blue car dressed in gang attire and went into the club. 20 minutes later they were thrown out by your security. 15 minutes of arguing with your security, they were allowed back in. Another 15 minutes passed and they were thrown out again, and once again arguing with your security. As they were walking back to their car, the shots were fired when they were standing in the street after the shooter turned around. How do I know this? I was there outside sitting in a chair. Every one started running and ducking for cover.

    The shooter was walking down the street with a gun in his hand like it was no big deal shooting away! The other 3 guys that were with him ran down the street and disappeared. The police came and got the shooter, and then they searched the vehicle that I pointed out and showed them where the others ran. So quit trying to sugar coat crap.

    Anyway, this is all past, I hope the plans turn out to be a nice place for people to have a good time and enjoy themselves with no bullshit, that’s all.

  62. sorry heidi again you are wrong. I know that we wernt open on thursdays because i was cleaning the club on thursdays. Also i know that a certain person was drunk and bothering the sheriff that night and thats why they shooed that person away with yes it was in the club but upon investigation it was determined that it was my pepper spray can that went off and was assumed as a gun. Sorry i don,t want to mention who that drunk person was cause you and i both know that it would do more harm than good so lets drop this subject and know that everything will be fine.

  63. If you wanted it dropped why post now? The club was open on ocassional Thursday nights and if you were cleaning it, you sure had alot of helpers! Anyhow, employee’s and the patriants of the local pubs saw it too. How can that many people all be lying? I couldn’t careless about your pepper spray can going off…KCSO states differently and so did many of the clubs clients…so it might be heresay, who knows. Lucas you can say what ever you want! I wouldn’t worry about it, the owner said you weren’t the clubs manager. So whoever was the manager should know what really happened. Anything else, let me know cause if you want to continue to talk about the past, I know more of the past we can talk about.

  64. What you want to talk about something that happened when I was 12? Sure go right ahead I may be ashamed but not afraid of it. Things happened to me from when I was 5 til I was 10 and as a stupid kid I did the same thing. I’m 32 now living my life and haven’t been in trouble since except for traffic tickets. So please spare me with the threats. I don’t cower because someone wants to bring that up. There isn’t reason to. Its public knowledge.

  65. Hey Lt, I know nothing about you or your past and could not careless about it, and what does your past have to do with club incidents over the past 6-7 years anyway? There are no threats, so not really sure where that is coming from either.

    Stats from KCSO says alot so I can talk about the past incidents pertaining to the club, not to mention eyewitness. So what… you wanna talk about it? Cause now you’re off on some random crap and I have no clue why your talking about your past when the conversation has been about the club, but if you wanna talk about your past go ahead, you can say whatever you want!

  66. KCSO has been sitting in front of the club for 8 of those years so of course there are going to be past incidents pertaining to the club. They are supposed to document everything. See this is the thing too is things that happened outside the club that they were SUPPOSED to deal with. There saying was always “You guys deal with inside the club and we deal with outside the club.” Those were their words. As far as past incidents pertaining to the club, we went over and over this at a past meeting and in a different thread. These are teenagers, most of them rebelling against parents and authority unfortunately. Thats what they do. Its like a parent dealing with a kid that is mouthy only they aren’t our kids. We can tell them not to do something yet they do it anyway. You tell them to not come back and they go somewhere else to do it.

    And sorry I took that as a personal attack when I felt you called me out. Right I wasn’t the manager. I was just a security Dude making sure the other security dudes were in the right place

  67. wow yall white center folk got issues. Let me guess the people that are of gangs and killing other people in white center is the clubs fault to right let me guess this place was perfect before word got out of a reopening of the club now people are just stickin around around waiting. But hey whatever i guess people have to make drama in life to survive. If it were up to me i would name the the club “my hostages” in spanish of course!!!!