May 8 2013 04:21 PM

Avalon Hollywood's John Lyons is opening a new club Downtown

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4th & B
Photo by Peter Holslin

    It looks like San Diego will soon have its own branch of the nationally renowned Los Angeles mega-club Avalon Hollywood. According to an application filed with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Avalon owner John Lyons is taking over the Downtown space that formerly housed 4th & B and opening a new club there under the Avalon name.

    Lyons didn't respond to a message from CityBeat left with one of his employees on Monday, but he's listed as the officer and stockholder for a group operating under the name San Diego Entertainment Partners LLC on an application for a liquor license that was posted on ABC's website last week. The application says the new club will be doing business as Avalon.

    4th & B went out of business late last year after its then-owners, Vincent and Judy Puma, were kicked out of the building by their landlord for failing to make rent payments. Not long after, they lost a protracted court battle with the club's previous owner, Ali Nilforushan. Nilforushan took back the business and started looking for a new owner, the San Diego Reader reported.

    Avalon Hollywood is a popular spot for "EDM," aka electronic dance music. But Lyons isn't the only one who's had his eye on San Diego's EDM scene. Last weekend marked the grand opening of a new club in the Gaslamp, Bassmnt, which sits in the underground space that formerly housed Belo.

    Richard Kelly, former co-owner of Downtown's Ivy Hotel (now one of Hyatt's Andaz hotels), is in escrow to buy the space. To organize a weekly club night, "Awakening," the club is teaming with local promoter Eventvibe.com and EDM giant Insomniac Events, the group behind the annual Electric Daisy Carnival music fest.

    There are also plans in store for On Broadway. The giant Downtown club, which has sat closed for months, is being taken over by a new owner, Carlos Humberto Becerra, according to a liquor-license application posted to ABC's website. Becerra could not be reached for comment.


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