The country bar on Noland Road that flipped into a hip-hop club is no longer.

The country bar on Noland Road that flipped into a hip-hop club is no longer.

“The club is closed and I have already surrendered my liquor license to the city and the state,” said Sam Kafrouni, managing officer of Dallas of Missouri, LLC, parent company of the former Club Dallas, 3844 S. Noland Road.

Kafrouni said the economic downturn has caused business to slow at the club, opened in May as a country music bar with membership privileges before morphing that same month into Club Dallas, one of the largest hip-hop themed nightclubs in the metropolitan area.

“These days, it’s not very economical for us to keep it open,” Kafrouni said Wednesday. “It was a nice successful run.”

Terry Hartwig, liquor license compliance officer for Independence, confirmed that Kafrouni’s liquor license was returned to his office Monday.

“He voluntarily returned the license (Monday),” Hartwig said. “They basically relinquished their right to serve alcohol.”

Before Kafrouni stepped in to take over 90 percent ownership of the club, initial principals of the establishment were embroiled in controversies ranging from lawsuits and denied liquor licenses to a boycott by workers of the country bar who said they were denied wages.

Under new management and ownership, the club thrived said Kenny Diamondz, a radio personality from the club’s media partner Hot Jamz, KPRS 100.3 FM.

“My experience was definitely a positive one,” Diamondz said. “Management and staff was always on time with their payments. It was cool.”

Kafrouni thanked the city of Independence for supporting the club.

“We have no plans at all right now, but I will tell you what, we had our ups and downs with the city of Independence before,” Kafrouni said. “But since I came over myself and applied for the liquor license, I have had no problem with them. Terry Hartwig was great dealing with us. I have no complaints. If I had another opportunity to have something in Independence , I would go for it.”

Diamondz said the club’s closing will leave a void in the area’s hip-hop circles, as a who’s who of the genre has graced the stage of Club Dallas in the last 10 months.

“It gave Kansas City and Independence an outlet for hip-hop,” Diamondz said. “We are sorely missing that in Kansas City.”