Club Mekka shuts down

HARARE - Club Mekka, once regarded as one of the trendiest places on the Zimbabwean night club scene, officially closed its doors last Friday.

The club, which was popular for its unique VIP section, started losing business in 2014.

On Friday night, they hosted the final One Night Stand, which officially marked the end of the trendy night spot.

When contacted for comment on the closure, a man who only identified himself as Johnson said the closure was for the purpose of renovations.

“Who wants to know? If you want to get the full details come meet me on Friday. These are only renovations and that is all I am going to say about this,” he said.

A well-placed source, however, confirmed that the night club had indeed shut down after a difficult 2014.

He said the initial club owner stopped operating a few months into 2014, leaving the business in the hands of the Sam Levy’s Village management.

“The original owner of Mekka is now running another joint in Borrowdale. He closed this one as it was no longer making meaningful profits,” said the well-placed source who declined to be identified.

“I personally blame the ‘VIP’ theme they had going on. It now meant that people had to pay twice to get into the club.

“They paid first to get downstairs and again when they were entering the VIP section, which really drove a lot of people away. People opted to go to other clubs which did not have too many paying points.”

Ironically, just across the road at Pomona Shopping Centre, Pariah State has just opened another joint which runs a restaurant and café.

Mekka is not the only club that has hit hard times. The list of recently closed clubs include Kebab Centre and 5 ON Drew Chisipite, both owned by Eddie “Kebab” Zviitwa, Josh Hozheri’s Jazz 105, “Mai Redrose” Chikosi’s Sports Diner, The Grain Lounge as well as Biggie Chinoperekwei’s Airport Lounge.

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