by Rachel Swan
Great, great, great news for the grown and sexy crowd: Geoffrey's Inner Circle is back in its original 14th Street location. Three years have passed since the famous hip-hop and soul club shuttered, following a contentious battle with Oakland police, who wanted owner Geoffrey Pete to pay overtime charges for cops to patrol the area around his venue. Pete, who ran the Inner Circle for 16 years without paying any such fees, accused OPD of a shakedown. Though then-city attorney John Russo ultimately succeeded in getting the club owner's $2.5 million civil right suit dismissed, it became emblematic of a larger problem in Oakland — that of police unfairly using downtown clubs as a revenue source.
But the story ends happily — for now, at least — because Geoffrey's will re-open this Saturday, July 7, with a special DJ dance night specifically advertised to adults ages 30 and up. Even the e-mail invite framed it as a hard-won victory: "Join us ... as we finally celebrate the birthday of founder Geoffrey Pete," it said.