A Downtown Anchorage nightclub is set to close this weekend, more than a year after a fatal shooting outside during a 2012 Halloween party.
In a posting on its Facebook page, Platinum Jaxx at 901 W. 6th Ave. announced the closure. A number for Platinum Jaxx posted on its website was listed as disconnected Tuesday night.
“Jaxx will be closing this Sunday the 15th!” staff wrote. “Invite the originals and the new crew to be there this Friday night as we wish the bar and staff goodbye. Hope to see you there!”
Said Beshirov, 27, was shot and killed outside the club during an Oct. 28, 2012 Halloween celebration. While police initially sought two suspects dressed in Iron Man and Incredible Hulk costumes, 26-year-old Korakanh Phornsavanh was arrested and arraigned about a year ago on charges of first-degree and second-degree murder in Beshirov’s death.
Platinum Jaxx is the second high-profile Downtown bar to close after nearby violence in recent years, following the 2012 closure of Rumrunner’s Old Towne Bar and Grill and its owners’ sale of a modified version of Rumrunner’s liquor license.
The move came after allegations of Rumrunner’s staff beating detained patron Johnny Brown in the bar’s basement on Oct. 22, 2011. In a February 2014 verdict, a jury found bouncer Murville Lampkin guilty of assault, as well as finding the bar’s owners guilty of wrongdoing.
Rumrunner’s was also the site of a Sept. 12, 2010 shooting in which two people were injured. Mavaega Brandon Tautua, 21, was convicted in January 2011 of felony assault and weapons charges in the shooting, which prosecutors said was gang-related; he had argued at trial that he opened fire in self-defense.
After briefly hosting a generic tourist-themed restaurant last year, Rumrunner’s location is set to open as the state’s first Hard Rock Café this summer.
Channel 2's Mike Ross contributed information to this story.