Astoria’s Club Purlieu where cab driver was shot in the head is officially closing

Photo by Angela Matua/QNS

Updated June 1, 4:51 p.m.

The nightclub where livery driver Roberto Castillo was shot in the head has closed its doors for good.

Club Purlieu, located at 36-04 34th St., was the scene of a shooting in March and was briefly shut down after multiple city agencies found the club to be in violation of several codes including open container violations, public urination, consumption after hours, disorderly premise, failure to replace fire exit lights and failure to maintain fire extinguisher and fire exit lights.

Community members rallied in front of the club in March with Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides and recounted stories of violent behavior. A local business owner said he woke up to find a bullet through his windshield when he parked his car near the club last year.

According to Van Bramer’s spokesperson, owners decided to shut down the club after the State Liquor Authority (SLA) slapped them with several violations.

Club Purlieu was also the scene of a stabbing last year. Three patrons were stabbed and robbed at a concert for rapper Chedda Da Connect.

“Club Purlieu was a bad business and a bad neighbor that brought violence and disruption to our community,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “Club Purlieu was a clear and present danger to Dutch Kills, turning a residential neighborhood into a violent hotspot.”

A spokesperson for the SLA said owners of the club offered to cancel their liquor license.

When QNS contacted the club by phone, an employee said she had no comment when asked if the club was closing.

Check out the nightclub’s violations here: