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ABC program shuts taps at nuisance locations

Posted May 27, 2010
Updated May 28, 2010

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— A Raleigh nightclub where police have been called dozens of times in recent months is the latest target of a state program that strips the liquor licenses of clubs plagued by violence.

The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on Wednesday revoked the license for Club Envy, at 3201 New Bern Ave., under the agency's Last Call program.

Club Envy Last Call comes early at troublesome Raleigh club

Since last month, the ABC Commission has worked with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement to revoke liquor licenses at clubs in Hickory, Winston-Salem and Greensboro in addition to Club Envy. There was a pattern of violence at all four locations, ABC Commission Chairman Jon Williams said Thursday.

"We need to turn that cash register off and stop serving the alcohol and not provide that stage for the actors to come to," Williams said.

According to Raleigh police records, officers have been called to Club Envy and its predecessor more than 200 times since January 2009 on complaints that included two shootings, five stabbings, two strong-armed robberies, one rape, one attempted rape, 31 assaults, 10 disturbances, fighting and eight reports of shots fired.

Early Monday, Andre Dane Gregory, 26, and Lamar Antuan Harris, 26,  were shot at the club. Police said the shootings remain under investigation.

"There was a threat to the public health, safety and welfare by the continued operation of this location," Williams said. "When you're starting to see shots fired and weapons used, that is highly dangerous and can be lethal."

Raleigh officials tightened some local regulations after a man was shot and killed three years ago outside the club, then known as Black Tie Nightlife. Mayor Charles Meeker and Police Chief Harry Dolan said Monday that they wanted to review city ordinances again to curb violence at the club, which sits across the street from WakeMed.

The owners of Club Envy couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.

All of the clubs targeted by the Last Call program can continue to operate but cannot sell alcohol. Club owners can appeal to get their liquor licenses back in an administrative hearing.

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  • cari_1181 May 28, 2010

    Sadly, this is what it takes for the city to finally intervene! The same situation is happening with Passion Night Club just a few miles away, and the city is ignoring all the problems that they are causing because all they care about is the money they already received. The city could care less about the problems these types of establishments are causing the residents that live near these clubs. My heart goes out to the families and the shooting victims, but this this is what it took for the city to finally see that there was a problem!!!!
    The city should be sued and held responsible for the msjority of these problems because I know for a fact there have been complaints and requests from residents in the area asking the city to please do something about this club and the ones around it. But they turn a blind eye and put all the responsibility on the cops when all they can do is continue to write tickets and citation since the city is the only one that can close down these trashy esta

  • airbornegirl16 May 28, 2010

    I agree that the club should be shut down. I have heard horror stories from friends that have gone to this club expecting to have a good time and leave after seeing the kind of atmosphere it is. However, they should know that the people who are the ones acting up at these clubs will just take their non-sense elsewhere and the process starts again.

  • Freakazoid May 28, 2010

    "When you're starting to see shots fired and weapons used, that is highly dangerous and can be lethal." Ya think?!

  • Mugu May 28, 2010

    Where am I gonna go now to get my Thug Life on?

  • shortcake53 May 28, 2010

    Its so sad to see how dumpy this place has gotten. It was such a highly respected place called Swains Steakhouse for many years. I wish someone would bring it back to its former glory and make it a nice, classy place again.

  • notagain1903 May 28, 2010

    According to Raleigh police records, officers have been called to Club Envy and its predecessor more than 200 times since January 2009 on complaints that included two shootings, five stabbings, two strong-armed robberies, one rape, one attempted rape, 31 assaults, 10 disturbances, fighting and eight reports of shots fired.

    Why did it take this long to shut this place down. Who are the clientele that would even think about going to a place like this??

  • ghimmy51 May 28, 2010

    What took so long? That's not a responsive government serving the public needs.

  • 6079 SMITH W May 28, 2010

    Great! Now our state will be boycotted by the clueless because it has taken action against criminal behavior....which we have recently learned is "racist". We should apologize to these club owners and patrons, and promise them we will never do it again.

  • Panther May 28, 2010

    The real question is: Why has it taken so long to pull thier license???

  • Sidekick May 28, 2010

    After all THAT!, please tell me what it was exactly that made the final desision? Not enough napkins?

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