This past Friday night, and again on Saturday, searchlights announced the reopening of the Cuccini nightclub under its new name, Sabor, thanks to a stay of execution issued by Judge James Emerson on July 18. The Superior Court judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order that prevents the City of San Jose from pulling the club’s entertainment permit. The City attempted to do that after the club changed its name from Italian to Spanish and hired club operators Isaac Barrera and Carlos Carmona to help manage the venue.
Barerra and Carmona were available for hire because their old club, Taste, was evicted by its landlord, John Snell, around the time Snell sold the building to a company that counts among its owners former San Jose mayor Tom McEnery and fellow San Pedro Square area property owner Frank Cucuzza. Cucuzza also owns the building where Sabor nee Cuccini is located. Cucuzza couldn’t be contacted by press time, but he may be happy to know that his building has gotten a swanky new makeover, complete with a black bubble glass bar, stacked stone walls and flat panel screens. Now it remains to be seen whether the newly-upscaled club can work things out with its landlord, or whether they’ll all be back in court in September.