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Munchbar Shut Permanently in Aftermath of Christmas Eve Shooting

Munchbar, and its sister club Mirror Lounge, have closed, according to Kemper Development Company. The nightclub has been closed since the fatal shooting of DeShawn Milliken. A suspect, Ja'mari Jones, was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Munchbar, the Bellevue nightclub where a man was shot fatally on Christmas Eve, will close permanently, as will its sister club, Mirror Lounge, according to Kemper Development Company in a statement.

The club, located at Bellevue Square, has been closed since Dec. 24, when a shooting broke out after an altercation. DeShawn Milliken, 30, of Seattle, was shot fatally, and a Renton man was injured. 

Wednesday night, Ja’mari Alexander Alan Jones was taken into custody in Lakewood when he was in a car reported stolen out of Auburn, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

A second-degree murder charge against Jones was filed last week by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office while he was at large, and prosecutors requested Jones held in lieu of $5 million bail.

Kemper Development Company, the company that runs Bellevue Square, issued the following statement:

Kemper Development Company and the owners of Munchbar/Mirror Lounge have mutually agreed to not reopen the restaurant and lounge. Both parties determined this would be best for the community, guests and the families involved.  Munchbar and Mirror Lounge have been closed since  December 24, 2012.

Munchbar opened in January 2011, with an eye toward a younger crowd and celebrity appearances, including scheduled appearances by Carmen Electra, Mario Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Edgar Martinez. Owners Munchgroup opened the first Munchbar at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas, according to an April 2011 Patch article.

Its sister club, Mirror Lounge, originally opened as Pianobash, and it changed concepts and names last year.

 

Previous coverage:

  • Report: Bellevue Bar Shooting Victim Identified as Garfield Grad
  • Suspect in Fatal Bellevue Bar Shooting was Convicted in 'Tuba Man' Killing
Marshall January 04, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Good riddance. Certain clubs seem to attract trouble: maybe it's the combination of the young age group and alcohol (and the drugs that seem to always show up). You can hope and dream and rationalize, but you can't ignore the patterns. These places don't belong near the general public, and they certainly didn't belong near the mall. Bellevue doesn't need this sort of business.
Mark January 24, 2013 at 06:29 PM
@Marshall. So one bad seed ruins an establishment and it's the clubs fault? This could have happened *anywhere* and, incidentally, there are several other busy bars and clubs in or around Bell Square. Do you want to close them all down too? Unfortunately, a lack of rational reason and logic is what follows any kind of tragedy.... people quick to jump to conclusions, point fingers, and find blame. God forbid anyone just blame the shooter himself.
Mark January 24, 2013 at 06:31 PM
@Marshall. So one bad seed ruins an establishment and it's the clubs fault? This could have happened *anywhere* and, incidentally, there are several other busy bars, clubs, and restaurants in or around Bell Square. Do you want to close them all down too? Unfortunately, a lack of rational reason and logic is what follows any kind of tragedy.... people quick to jump to conclusions, point fingers, and find blame. God forbid anyone just blame the shooter himself.

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