"I would've liked to have finished out the month or maybe have a little closing party," he says, "But I basically was unable to strike a deal with the landlord."
Mezo says that the 5,000-square-foot property along Drinkwater Boulevard that has been the home for Afterlife and its predecessor e4 for eight years was sold earlier this month to Steve Cooper and Entertainment U.S.A., which also owns the Christie's Cabaret chain of strip clubs.
Talks between Mezo and his new landlords resulted in a potential six-month lease, which the club proprietor says he balked at due to the money involved. While he declined to state the specific amount, it was apparently too rich for his blood. (Calls to Cooper and Entertainment U.S.A. regarding comment on the matter were not immediately returned.)
"They were asking for a ridiculous amount of money to renew the lease for a six-month term. It was a lot of skin to put in the game for such a short amount of time," he says. "It just didn't make good financial sense since we're not selling liquor like the liquor boys [a.k.a. other clubs] do."