Tyrone Davis’ troubles as a club owner seemed to come to a head in March when Phillip “Rashad” Boynton was fatally injured in the parking lot at Pure Platinum Sports Bar and Grill, but they began a couple of years earlier when Davis was associated with Cloud Nine Neighborhood Bar and Grill.
At the rented club in an old Shoney’s building on Wrightsboro Road, deputies tallied 148 incident reports in 11 months, ranging from loud music and suspicious people to at least 15 reports of underage consumption of alcohol, according to previous reports.
Cloud Nine, allowed as a restaurant to admit all ages, was not operating “in the true sense of a typical restaurant, but that of a nightclub,” Sgt. Richard Elim told city officials who were about to revoke the club’s alcohol license last year until Davis’ partner Shalanda Crawford surrendered the license.
Two months later, Davis appeared as majority partner seeking to pay the $4,566 fee to reinstate Cloud Nine’s license. Anticipating a denial, he asked instead to withdraw the application and avoid “a blemish attached to his name,” License and Inspections Director Rob Sherman told the commission.
By August 2012, the commission approved by consent, with support from both the sheriff’s office and planning department, the transfer of Davis’ license to a new Gordon Highway club named Pure Platinum Sports Bar and Grill.
In the year the club has been open as a restaurant with full bar, Pure Platinum “has had a lot of trouble to include a death” – Boynton’s – “and a shootout in an adjacent parking lot,” Elim said in an August letter advising Sherman to “take appropriate action.” The August shootout injured one and led to the arrest of four men who “began shooting randomly,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Elim’s recommendation to planning, however, was not that the club be closed but rather it be reclassified “solely as a lounge” to avoid “serving after hours,” citing a list of violations “not approved for public release.”
Boyton’s mother, Mary Fallen, and his sisters have pressed the commission to close the club, and Fallen said she still wants answers about how her son was killed. The sheriff’s office said a single assailant, Artifeyo Sharpton, caused Boynton’s fatal injuries in self-defense, but Fallen questions why her son was deposited outside the club to become the victim of a violent crime. She believes that the beating had ties to gang members and that her son had multiple attackers.
Reached by phone, Davis said the alleged “shootout” had taken place across the street from his club, and he declined to comment further. His attorney, Christopher Cosper, has represented Davis before the commission.
Members of the commission’s public services committee last week authorized changing Davis’ license from a restaurant to a bar, allowing him to remain open later but restricting access to patrons over age 21 for a six-month probationary period. The matter goes before the commission at its 2 p.m. meeting Tuesday.