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Dozens out of work as Neonopolis club closes

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The Drink & Drag club in downtown Las Vegas was closed after being denied a liquor license. (FOX5) The Drink & Drag club in downtown Las Vegas was closed after being denied a liquor license. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Employees at downtown Las Vegas nightclub Drink & Drag are out of a job, at least for now.

The club recently lost its liquor license. Managing partner Kelly Murphy told his more than 30 employees they would have to reapply to keep their jobs, according to those employees. He did insist the establishment would reopen.

Drink & Drag management called for an all-employee meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss what's being done to keep the club, located in Neonopolis, open.

Meanwhile, employees aren't getting paid, and some have opted to simply walk away.

A sign on the entrance says, in part, "Due to a changeover in ownership, Drink & Drag will be temporarily closed."

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council denied liquor licenses to both Drink & Drag and Krave Massive, also managed by Murphy, which is still being constructed.

"They can open as long as there's no liquor," said Neonopolis owner Rohit Joshi.

Joshi said the council stripped Murphy of his liquor licenses because he owes the state approximately $700,000 in taxes, as well as $30,000 in city sewer and liquor fees.

FOX5 did attempt to speak with Murphy and other club managers on Thursday during the meeting, but they said they had no comment.

Joshi said he hopes that if the clubs don't stay in business, new owners will purchase them.

Drink & Drag opened in April of 2012.

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