MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A notorious nightclub on Beale Street known all to well for bad behavior has been shut down by the city.
Club Crave at 380 Beale was shut down by Memphis Police OCU officers on Thursday, December 27. This comes after an early morning Christmas Eve shooting that left one person dead and two injured.
The club has been the scene of numerous incidents since it opened in August 2011. Previously known as the Plush Club, the address has been a constant magnet for crime.
Although Club Crave is technically not part of the Beale Street entertainment district, the Beale Street Merchants Association has called for the building to be shut down permanently.
“These people that run this club, they know what they’re getting themselves into. There has to be some sort of criminal negligence against these club owners,” John Shivers, Marketing Director for the Beale Street Merchants Association, told abc24.com following the Christmas Eve shooting.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said over a year ago that not only did he want Club Crave gone, he wants the building condemned. He said the 380 Beale location is cursed. One year later, the mayor promised action. "I've been talking to District Attorney Amy Weirich and Police Director Toney Armstrong today (Christmas Eve). All I can say is we're going to deal with that situation and it will be sooner than later."
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong stated at a Dec. 27 press conference that a year-long investigation led to the DA declaring the club as a public nuisance. "Throughout the investigation officers responded to Crave for a total of 54 times ranging from narcotics, robberies, aggravated assaults, and to the most recent homicide where a 24-year-old lost his life after leaving Club Crave," he said. More than 175 people have been arrested near or at the club.
District Attorney General Amy Weirich added, "There's really no other way to say it except the community has had it with this location, and with the activity that seemed to occur here."
The closing of Club Crave comes just days before thousands are expected to pack Beale Street for New Year's Eve. Wharton also stated that he plans to pursue his plans to have the club completely torn down.
The club's owners are due in court January 3, 2013.