MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - George Miller, the owner of the 380 Beale Street property that houses Club Crave, didn't have much to say as he walked into a Shelby County courtroom to answer a nuisance complaint against his property brought on by the City of Memphis.
But his lawyer, Robert Wampler, did. "We've got a terrific investment in that property down there and my clients will protect that interest to the end," he said.
Club Crave has been closed for a week after the Shelby County District Attorney's office ordered the doors chained and declared the popular night spot a public nuisance.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wants the building to come down because he says the site is "cursed."
While Wampler he admits he admires Wharton as a mayor, he doesn't admire the mayor's opinion that Club Crave should be razed. He asserted, "There's a lot of traffic that flows down through that area that is not originated in that club."
Memphis City Attorney Rob Ratton begs to differ.
"The club needs to be shut down," Ratton stated. "There's no productive use that will ever come to that building."
Wampler says his client isn't totally against selling the property if the price is right.
"We're always willing to negotiate."
Wednesday's hearing was reset to Friday, January 4, when a trial date will be set.