City of Reno

Business License

The Library, West Alen Muller, 134 West Second Street - Cabaret


Department:Community Development - Business LicenseSponsors:
Category:New - CabaretWards:Ward 5


  1. Printout

Ordinance or Resolution

The Approval of Privileged Business Licenses staff report can be found under agenda item B.1.




Description of Business

Bar with live entertainment and hookah lounge


Business License Type






Inspection Update



i.               Zoning

Passed/Approved (MU/DRRC/ENT) -grandfathered


ii.               Health Inspection



iii.               Building

Not Required


iv.               Environmental Control



v.               Fire Inspection



vi.               Police Inspection



vii.              Code Approval



Zoning Hours of Operation Allowed

24 Hours for Bar Activities only


Hours of Operation

Sunday 5:00PM to 3:00AM

Monday thru Saturday 5:00PM to 3:00AM


Condition of Approval: 

(1)Shall not have more than two instruments in a live performance

(2) Shall not construct a stage

(3) Hours of operations for nightclub activities:

     Monday – Thursday 6:00AM to 12:00AM

     Friday and Saturday 6:00AM to 3:00AM 


Meeting History

Oct 11, 2017 9:00 AM Video Reno City Council Regular


Council Member Brekhus discussed a conflict in the staff report. The description of the business is that it is a bar, but the conditions of approval characterize this bar as having nightclub activities. A nightclub is a different use than a bar.

Michael Chaump said it was his understanding that the nightclub activity is incidental to the bar use, and the nightclub activities they do have were grandfathered in from the previous license.

Claudia Hanson, Community Development Planning Manager, discussed the loose definition of a nightclub that is used by the public based on the frequency of live entertainment. If there is bar activity and they have a couple of musicians a couple of times a month, we do not view that as a principle use. That is, however, not specified in Code.

Ms. Hanson confirmed for Council Member Brekhus that a Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for a nightclub in this zoning district.

Council Member Brekhus discussed the hours of operation and asked how they can have nightclub activities if it is not a nightclub.

Ms. Hanson agreed that it is not worded correctly in the staff report. She stated there should not be any nightclub activities without an SUP.

Council Member Brekhus discussed the need to be focused on potential conflicts as we start getting more activity in downtown Reno, particularly with the residential component. Since there is ambiguity in the conditions of approval, she recommended continuing this item for two weeks.

Council Member Duerr expressed concern regarding having staff determine what constitutes a nightclub or a cabaret use based on the frequency of music performances at the facility.

Ms. Hanson agreed to clarify with staff that a certain number of live music performances in a month is not an official way to distinguish whether a cabaret permit or nightclub classification is required.

Council Member Duerr discussed the importance of clarifying these points of uncertainty in Code.

Vice Mayor Jardon stated that she would be willing to continue this item.

Ms. Hanson confirmed that she would like to see clarification that there would be no nightclub activities allowed without an SUP.

It was moved by Vice Mayor Jardon, seconded by Council Member Bobzien, to continue this item.

Council Member Brekhus stated that allowing the business to operate to 3:00 a.m. might be a little too late for this area.

Motion carried with Mayor Schieve absent.

MOVER:Neoma Jardon, Councilmember
SECONDER:David Bobzien, Councilmember
AYES:Jenny Brekhus, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Paul McKenzie, Neoma Jardon, David Bobzien
ABSENT:Hillary Schieve