2 downtown bars declared public nuisances, shut down
March 28, 2014 01:15 PM
Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police have shut down and padlocked two downtown bars after several hundred calls regarding criminal activity at both businesses since January 2012.
The bars, Throwdown Liquid and Ultra Violet, located at 128 2nd Avenue North, were also declared public nuisances.
According to a Metro police release, an investigation found repeated and reoccurring criminal and disorderly activities at the bars including fighting, drunkenness and drug violations.
The department logged more than 400 calls to the businesses since January 2012.
"Clearly compliance is our ultimate goal and the men and women of the central precinct have worked tirelessly to seek compliance with the management of these two establishments," Central Police Precinct Jason Reinbold said. "I have been in communication with numerous businesses who basically cried out to me about how difficult it is to conduct business with these issues taking place at these two establishments."
The petition to have the businesses declared a public nuisance lists more than 25 incidents of assault and 27 drug related police calls to Throwdown Liquid Club.
The petition notes four bar brawls and 2 assaults on officers among other complaints against Ultra Violet.
One assault on an officer caused the officer a broken leg.
"This last calendar year for 2013 the calls for service were on the rise for these establishments and in the beginning of 2014 it's a continued rise," Reinbold said. "We are holding people accountable because our objective is to have a safe environment where people can come and visit Nashville."
The nightclubs are the latest businesses to be padlocked and declared public nuisances this month.
Earlier this month multiple stores were padlocked after Metro Police said they were caught selling synthetic opiates and marijuana.
Thursday Metro Police padlocked Rum Wholesale for allegedly distributing the "relaxation shots" to at least three markets.
Metro Police said padlocking a business is an extreme step, but a step the department plans to keep taking when businesses do not comply with the law
"This is an entertainment district and this is Nashville's identity we want people to come here, enjoy themselves and have a safe experience whether there are residents or visitors," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said. "We're not going let one or two [businesses] spoiled a whole downtown for the world that comes to see Nashville.
The padlocking order prohibits the operators of Throwdown, Barnum Ray Demonbreun and Jeffery Beck, from entering the businesses while the padlocks are in place.
The order also keeps the operators of Ultra Violet, Jeffery Hargis and Joseph Allan Mulica, from entering the business.
In addition to the operators Edgar L.T. Gay and Mark Beigelman who are co trustees of The Callen Trust from entering the premises. The trust is the recorded owner and lessor of the property.
The business and property owners are scheduled to appear in Judge Mark Fishburn's court on April 4th for a hearing on whether to lift the injunction that keeps the businesses from opening.