Huge Houston Nightclub Defies City To Remain Open

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The owners of a packed Northside Houston night club operating illegally are thumbing their noses at the Houston Fire Marshal.

Volcan is a dance and night club at 415 West Little York in Houston off of I-45 North. The building has no dance hall permit or occupancy permit to be open as a club, but they have flaunted their disregard for the life safety rules with large crowds and no social distancing during the era of COVID-19.

The Houston Fire Marshal’s Office has visited the club twice in the last few weeks to shut them down but Volcan was back open this weekend.

Dolcefino Consulting sent investigators undercover into Volcan last month, where they witnessed open drug use and underage drinking, as well as alcohol being served after hours, including serving to minors. We also witnessed closed exits. The club is currently listed as a cosmetology facility on building records. We have warned the Mayor’s office and Fire Marshal.

The Assistant Director of the Houston Permitting Center said the club doesn’t have the permits to open as a nightclub.

“If one is not issued that means that the life and safety of inhabitants may be in danger,” said Byron King. “It should not be open. It should not be operating.”

“Houston Fire Marshal enforcement is an embarrassment,” said Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “If the city doesn’t shut this place down then it’s a message to all other violators that it’s open season on safety. This is not just about COVID – even though the club caters to a highly vulnerable population – it is about safety. When our investigators were there a month ago a key exit was roped off at the end of the night.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has expressed frustration with nightclubs such as Spire in Downtown Houston which was shut down over the weekend. Yet the city has taken no legal action on a club flirting with a catastrophe.

Dolcefino Consulting has published our investigation about Volcan on our website and the Dolcefino Consulting page on Facebook.

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