One of Antioch's two card room has folded its license.
The two parties looking to negotiate a deal for the sale of Kelly's card room and restaurant were not able to meet a Friday deadline for the transaction, said Paul Justi, an attorney representing owner Al Cianfichi.
Cianfichi was looking to sell the northeast Antioch establishment to Blarney LLC.
"The deal did not close and we are presently evaluating all of our legal options," Justi said in an email Monday.
Card room licenses automatically expire after six months of inactivity, according to Antioch's municipal code. In this case the license expired Monday, as Kelly's was closed by emergency order of the state's Bureau of Gambling Control on Jan. 23.
Antioch will have to wait and see what happens as far as any challenges to both the city and state licenses, City Attorney Lynn Tracy Nerland said.
The City Council set a deadline of July 20 for Cianfichi and Blarney LLC to complete a deal earlier this month after Richard Shindle, a representative of Blarney, had asked the city to extend the license six months so the group could look at moving to another location. Antioch leaders said it legally could not give a time extension for hardships to prospective buyers.
If a deal was struck, the Blarney group would have had an additional six months to get its affairs and the property in order.
After the state's emergency order, Cianfichi tried to sell the license
There is statewide moratorium on new card room licenses until 2020, Nerland said.
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