Less than a week after the Sphinx Hookah Lounge was forced to close its doors by the City of Fort Myers, a new night club has made plans to move into the space.
Many neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief that Sphinx is gone.
"Friday and Saturday night is pretty noisy," said Jackson Jackreece, who lives near the former lounge. "Especially after 4 o'clock, 3 o'clock in the morning."
"I just wait until it's morning. I fall asleep in the morning because (the noise) is gone," said Jaden, Jackreece's six-year-old son.
WINK News has obtained reports from the Fort Myers Police Department, which detail a laundry list of violations at the Sphinx Hookah Lounge.
According to the Certificate of Occupancy, Sphinx was never allowed to sell alcohol. The lounge was selling alcohol until 4 a.m., which is after last call in Fort Myers.
The documents also said the lounge's occupancy limit was 141. Week after week, police say the club was packed with hundreds of patrons, with hundreds more loitering outside.
Sphinx Hookah Lounge posted pictures of the crowds, drink specials and late hours on its Facebook page.
Now, a new tenant is taking over.
The new Martini 41 night club, which will open next door to the former hookah lounge this week, plans to open a restaurant in the vacant space.
"We are trying to attract a good, upscale crowd," said George Williams, a co-owner of Martini 41. "I think the neighborhood will be happy to have us."
Jackreece said he will keep an open mind about the new neighbors.
"If it's going to be upscale, most people conduct themselves that way, you know?"