Two Subiaco nightspots that were forced to close over the Australia Day long weekend will reopen tonight after authorities lifted a suspension on their liquor licence.
Club Red Sea and the Gold Bar, which are at the same Rokeby Road venue and operate under the same liquor licence, were shut on Thursday after the Director of Liquor Licensing issued a Section 91 order under the Liquor Control Act.
The order forced the immediate suspension of the licence. It came after a request from police for the Liquor Commission to take disciplinary action against the licensee.
A spokeswoman for the licensee said the Section 91 order was lifted yesterday.
Neither police nor the commission would discuss why disciplinary action was sought but The West Australian understands the complaint centred around allegations that security staff were not screening patrons before letting them in.
In 2005, a Coffin Cheater bikie was convicted of possessing a firearm in aggravated circumstances and discharging a firearm to cause fear after he fired a pistol inside the Red Sea during a confrontation with a street gang.
The Racing, Gaming and Liquor website shows the licensees are Winter Holdings (WA) Pty Ltd, White Dee Pty Ltd and Red Cee Pty Ltd.
Business searches show Victoria Winter, the wife of former Olympic boxer Adam Forsyth, is director and secretary of Winter Holdings, while nightclub entrepreneur Jon Sainken is the director of White Dee, and John and Gary Masel are the directors of Red Cee.
Mr Sainken said yesterday White Dee had ended its involvement with the Red Sea. Its interest had been sold to the other companies on the licence.