The Gordon Highway nightclub Skittlez faces closure after an April 27 incident involving an illegal adult show and a minor being served alcohol.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Augusta Commission to consider suspending, revoking or placing on probation the club’s business, alcohol and dance hall licenses based on a complaint that deputies say was substantiated on video.
The club at 1855 Gordon Highway also didn’t have a single-event adult entertainment license, the only option available to clubs seeking to hold adult shows outside the three-bar downtown adult entertainment district, according to documents presented by Augusta Planning and Development.
Club owner Timothy Lowery said the underage patron used a fake ID when he entered with the group putting on the show, and that staff immediately shut the club down when a member of the group exposed himself at the end of the night to the crowd.
“We thought he went too far; that’s why we cut it and ended everything,” Lowery said.
He said his club is being targeted by other Augusta clubs because of its success as the Southeast’s top black gay club outside Atlanta.
“People just don’t like gay clubs,” Lowery said.
The club holds 176 people and typically caters to a crowd of about 150 when open, he said.
Skittlez, open since July, had no police calls or incidents in a recent Chronicle analysis of crime at clubs.