Plug Pulled on Popular Nightclub's Party

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    Jelly's Dance Cafe. Photo: Thomas Hawk

    The Port of San Francisco has terminated the lease of a Mission Bay restaurant and dance cafe where a man was fatally shot earlier this month, a port spokeswoman said.

    The City's Entertainment Commission had used its recently given powers to shut down Jelly's, located on Pier 50 at 295 Terry A. Francois Blvd., for seven days after the early morning killing of 39-year-old Lee Farley, of Richmond, on July 11.

    No arrests have been made in the slaying, which happened outside the club following an argument inside, police said.

    The shooting was not the first at Jelly's. On Jan. 6, 2008, 34-year-old Clarence Corbin, of Antioch, was shot dead during a fight outside the establishment.

    Violence, coupled with noise complaints from neighbors, prompted port officials to serve Jelly's this week with a 30-day lease termination order, effective Aug. 18, port spokeswoman Renee Dunn Martin said.

    "We just felt that it's in the best interest of the port, and the best interest of the public, that we not continue their lease," Martin said. "It's really more about concern about public safety, from the port's perspective."

    Martin said police had been called to Jelly's "numerous times" over the years, and the lease language calls for a full-service restaurant, "not a nightclub," she said. Jelly's offers weekly live music and dance events.

    Jelly's has been paying a base rent of only about $3,600 per month since it opened at Pier 50 in 1993, Martin said.