Capp Street Crap reports that the illegal gambling den and brothel located at the former site of the Fizzary was shut down after its tenants were evicted by the sheriff’s department. Eviction notices were posted today, and Capp Street Crap reports that a neighbor saw two men leaving with a cardboard box full of items shortly before the notices went up.
The space served as an after-hours gambling club and brothel that saw one shooting incident last October and multiple calls to the police in recent months. Nearby business owners said the late-night noise was a nuisance and considered it a blight on the block, but despite frequent police raids the den remained active for months.
Taylor Peck, a residential tenant of the building where he also ran the Fizzary, first sub-leased the space to a couple claiming they would open up a vitamin shop. He was duped, and shortly after leasing the space Peck found himself with a full-scale gambling operation on his premises that law enforcement, despite significant presence, seemed unable to shut down.
He eventually graffitied his own facade in a bout of frustration, and was evicted by his landlord last month in an attempt by the property owner to shut down the den. Peck’s ouster allowed for a sheriff’s lock-out on the building, a move that apparently succeeded in physically barring the gambling den’s operators from the premises.
Peck said he was tired of the whole affair, adding he would be glad to “read about it from a distance.”
“I’m evicted and I’m done, and I was out before them,” Peck said of the den’s closure. He declined to comment on his current living situation, but said he was already imagining the next space the den’s operators would occupy.
“I pretty much feel horrible for whatever property owner or tenant gets them next, which they inevitably will, because law enforcement has no solution to this,” Peck said.
The police did not immediately return requests for comment on any criminal charges against the den’s operators. Illegal gambling dens are a citywide problem that so plagued the Excelsior in the fall that Supervisor John Avalos held a hearing on the issue at the time.