Rrazz Room closure over sound may not be end of nightspot

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerLive at the Rrazz is trying to address its sound issues.

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerLive at the Rrazz is trying to address its sound issues.

Owners of Live at the Rrazz had to close their Van Ness Avenue location after just six days of performances last month because of noise issues, but a spokesman said the nightlife spot may still return.

The club, which hosted live performances, moved to the former Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Ness Ave. after holding events at the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko from 2008 through 2012.

But the cost of soundproofing the ex-dealership proved to be too much, according to the venue’s publicist.

Owners Rory Paull and Robert Kotonly did not return requests for comment, but publicist Thom Ward said there are some “interesting developments” taking place that could address sound issues and allow the club to operate.

“At this point we don’t have any shows scheduled because of the issues of sound,” Ward said.

He said he could not disclose details on the developments.

In March, Paull and Kotonly appeared before the Entertainment Commission to request six single-day permits to host singer Patti LuPone. The 20-minute meeting granted approval of those permits, pending sound tests from nearby residents.

The final five permits were conditional upon the first event not emitting too much noise

Additionally, following those performances the Live at the Rrazz would need to completely soundproof the space before being granted a permit to operate as a permanent entertainment venue.

According to Entertainment Commission staff, no complaints were received following Lupone’s performances, but Live at the Rrazz owners have not returned for another entertainment permit.

The venue’s website announced the closure earlier this month, stating the past few months had been “monumentally challenging for us. It seems like all the forces in the universe have been working against us.”

The closure has left some customers confused and frustrated on how to get money back for performances they’ve already paid for. Live at the Rrazz’s Facebook page has numerous requests for refunds.

Ann Marie Alanes said she and her nine friends, who were planning a bachelorette party, had bought tickets to a Chippendale’s show only to find out a week before that the performance was canceled, forcing them to make other plans.

Alanes said she’s been told the group will be refunded the $40.25 per ticket they shelled out for the performance, but have yet to be provided details of how to go about getting their money back.

“A lot of people want to know where their money is,” she said.


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