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Cathedral City Shuts Down Controversial Sports Bar

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A spokesman for Cathedral City has confirmed The Block Bar and Grill has been closed.

Cathedral City Communications Manager Chris Parman, confirms that The Block Bar and Grill has been closed down due an expired business license, which expired  in April. There  is no information on if they will reapply.

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According to Parman, the city sent The Block notifications on the status of their license before the closure. Since the restaurant let their license expire, they must apply as a brand new business. That  means  their license must get approval from the city, the fire department, and the police department. That process, at minimum, is about two weeks. 

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Several visitors were met with locked doors Thursday when they walked up to The Block. A sign was taped to the door reading “Sorry temporarily closed for inventory”, but was removed.

The Block has been under fire in recent months after multiple incidents of shootings and fights in or around the restaurant. Most recently, a man celebrating his wife's birthday was shot and hospitalized. The suspects in that incident were arrested August 1.

Police say this business has been plagued by violence, so much so, they patrol the place more often than most. This year alone they've had 20 calls for service there. Six of those were fights and in March two were hurt in a shooting in the parking lot. It's also where last year a man was robbed and beaten so severely he fell into a coma and later died.

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