Noise dispute stops flow of booze at Slim's in San Francisco

A decades-old South of Market nightclub had its liquor license revoked by state officials last week because of noise — violations the owners say are the result of one neighbor complaining.

State Alcoholic Beverage Control officials handed a 10-day suspension to Slim’s on March 15 after inspectors outside heard sound coming from the club, according to a department spokeswoman. While The City’s Entertainment Commission normally regulates sound complaints, Slim’s original liquor license from 1988 has a condition that allows the ABC to revoke it if the club is too noisy.

A sign on the club’s front door blames the suspension on noise complaints from one neighbor, Jeanmarie Guenot. Guenot did not return calls for comment, and a publicist for Slim’s said the club would not comment further on the matter.

Dawn Holliday, a part owner of Slim’s, previously told SF Weekly the club has spent more than $250,000 in legal fees since 2007 when Guenot moved next door and began calling police about the noise.

The tiff represents a conflict that has become more common in SoMa as residents of the fastest-growing neighborhood in The City mingle with the highest density of nightclubs in San Francisco, said Jim Meko, a member of the Entertainment Commission.

“It’s one particular neighbor who complains incessantly and an ABC regulation that is frankly unfair,” Meko said in regard to Slim’s. “Slim’s has always been one of the best-run clubs on the 11th Street corridor and, in general, has been a good neighbor.”

The club has remained open through the suspension, hosting alcohol-free shows, and it is expected to start serving drinks again Friday when the Irish group the Saw Doctors plays a show.

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