Beale St. Merchants Support Club 152 Owners despite Closure

Beale St. Merchants Support Club 152 Owners despite Closure

The head of the Beale Street Merchants Association says he doesn't think Club 152 should have been shut down as a public nuisance.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The head of the Beale Street Merchants Association says he doesn't think Club 152 should have been shut down as a public nuisance. Police officers raided the club Thursday after undercover cops bought all sorts of drugs from club employees, including cocaine, marijuana and Xanax.

This is a busy weekend for the clubs on Beale Street, one of their busiest with the Memphis in May Barbecue Contest going on. The publicity of the club being shut down won't help things much, especially since it has been rated as one of the most popular nightclubs in the country - even without the drugs.

Come Friday, Club 152 was about as inviting as a prohibitionist on Beale Street. Nothing was happening. The District Attorney's posters on the walls told the story.

According to Ty Agee with the Beale St. Merchants Association, "Club 152 puts as many people through the doors a year as FedExForum. They've got a few bad employees. That's a great ownership group over there; they will fix this problem."

The owners include Memphis nightclub veteran Bud Chittom and Kevin Kane, head of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

When ABC 24 tried to talk to Chittom, his voicemail was full - he couldn't even get our message.

We also went to Kevin Kane's home. His car was out front, as was his golf cart for the barbecue contest. His dog was there too.

Back on Beale, people were checking out the closed club.

"I hope that they get their issues situated and business starts flourishing again," said Jody Cox of Memphis.

Agee agrees. He doesn't think the club was a public nuisance, although he pushed hard for the closing of Club Crave at the corner of Beale and Fourth Street.

The difference between Club 152 and Club Crave, says Agee, is "21 plus shootings, probably, and murder."

The owners are scheduled to be in court Monday morning.

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