Janesville teen club to close
Donta Evans opened Decisions at 18-24 S. River St. in April. He will close it Dec. 18 and plans to add some big-screen TVs, create a lounge atmosphere and open Lyfe Lounge & Banquets.
The 8,000-square-foot building is most well known as the former Krause's Town & Country, although several bars in recent years have operated at the location. Capacity is 300.
Evans said he doesn’t consider Decisions a failure because he and the youth who patronized the club enjoyed it. But not enough youth attended to make the venture financially viable, he said.
The club serves youth and young adults from middle school through age 20.
“I tried, but financially it just really makes sense to do a banquet facility,” he said.
Evans will ask the city council to grant him a liquor license so he can open a bar and sell alcohol there and for his banquet business, which has operated at the site in addition to the teen club. The Alcohol License Advisory Committee on Tuesday will consider the request and make a recommendation to the council.
Decisions initially attracted crowds of up to 200 on the weekends, but attendance lessened over the summer months to 50 kids or so, Evans said. The majority of his business was coming from his banquet rental, he said.
Evans said he didn’t know why teens stopped patronizing the club, but some told him they would rather hang outside in the summer. The economy might have played a role, as well, he said.
The kids who did attend were supportive, Evans said.
Evans said he hopes to work with the city to periodically offer teen events, but he does not know if that is possible. The city does not allow alcohol within 300 feet of a teen establishment, Evans said.
Evans has teen events scheduled through Dec. 17.
Hours for Lyfe Lounge & Banquets would be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays and 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays.
“I’m not disappointed,” Evans said. “I did my best.”
The kids who showed up enjoyed themselves, he said.
“I really don’t know what happened, but financially I have to do what makes money.”
Last updated: 7:11 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012