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Viracocha is officially a place where you can buy lamps made out of lobster traps, typewriters from the early 20th century, or a vintage Kohler claw foot bathtub from 1974. Unofficially, the antique store's downstairs space is a venue for movie screenings, musical performances and bone marrow drives. Now, the owner of the space, located at 998 Valencia Street, wants to legalize the downstairs "speakeasy." The room is down a camouflaged flight of stairs, and fits about 60 people.
We have operated our small venue as a semi-secret speakeasy for the last 4 years. Because of our wonderful community, we have never received a noise complaint, never had a show shut down, and have never had an emergency or serious injury in the building. That's quite a track record! But, because of financial and operational challenges, we are in a position where we must 'go legit or quit.'
So if you thinks it's a good idea for Viracocha to continue to host events and maybe even make some money doing it, sign their Place of Entertainment Permit here. The hearing is on May 14 at City Hall at 5:30pm in room 416.
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