Owners of Club 152 on Beale Street Strike Deal to Reopen

Owners of Club 152 on Beale Street Strike Deal to Reopen

The popular Beale Street hot spot Club 152 will be back open for business Friday, after the club was shut down by the District Attorney's office last week for drug activity.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The popular Beale Street hot spot Club 152 will be back open for business Friday, after the club was shut down by the District Attorney's office last week for drug activity.

Police shut down the club Thursday, May 16, after an undercover operation revealed illicit drug sales by club employees. Investigators say undercover officers purchased illegal drugs on at least 10 occasions since November, such as marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs like Percocet and Xanax. Among those accused of selling drugs include four club security guards and a VIP host.

Memphis police records show more than 130 calls to 911 from Club 152 from January 2012 to April 2013, with at least 20 of those calls involving fights.

Attorneys for Club 152's owners, which include Kevin Kane, President of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and well-known Memphis real estate developer William 'Rusty' Hyneman, were in talks behind closed doors all day Thursday with prosecutors.

The club was closed just as the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was getting underway at Tom Lee Park, and with the Sunset Symphony, a Grizzlies playoff game and Paul McCartney concert this weekend, club owners had a sense of urgency to get Club 152 reopened as soon as possible.

The club will have a "soft re-opening" around 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, after the owners agreed to numerous terms set forth by the District Attorney's office.

Club 152 will terminate any employee involved in the nuisance activity that led to the club's closure. Current and new employees will now be subject to criminal background checks and mandatory random drug screening. They will also have to complete a class on their duties as club employees on drug prevention, anti-drug use, and compliance with the law.

The owners were ordered to pay $4,000 to the West Tennessee Judicial Drug Task Force in lieu of auction of property, and as reimbursement for the costs involved with the investigation.
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