Augusta's Cloud Nine closed after surrendering license to operate

City officials said it was a nuisance bar

Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:50 PM
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Cloud Nine Neighborhood Bar & Grill enjoyed nearly a two-year run in the former Shoney’s on Wrightsboro Road, but today the establishment’s doors are closed.

Proprietor Shalanda Y. Crawford surrendered her license to operate the restaurant at 3156 Wrightsboro Road three days before Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and planning officials planned to present information about trouble at the establishment to the Augusta Commission’s Public Service Committee on Feb. 27.

Deputies tallied 148 incidents at Cloud Nine between April and February, including 11 reports of loud music or partying, 19 verbal altercations, more than 60 reports of suspicious people, vehicles or situations and at least 15 reports of underage consumption, according to data from the sheriff’s office.

The establishment, licensed only to operate as a restaurant with full bar and Sunday alcohol sales, was not operating “in the true sense of a typical restaurant, but that of a nightclub,” Sgt. Richard Elim of the sheriff’s vice division told city officials.

“While operating as such, it primarily marketed itself to the under-21 age group,” Elim said.

The action comes a few weeks after Patrick Walton was charged with misleading officials when he obtained a certificate of occupancy to operate a mercantile called Magic City. Actually a Mike Padgett Highway teen club, Magic City was operating illegally when a 16-year-old was killed there Jan. 16, city officials have said.

Moreover, in an audit of Cloud Nine conducted based on suspicions dating back to July that it was more a bar and dance club than a restaurant, “there were several attempts to alter sales numbers and include unreliable information,” Elim said.

The planning and development office recommended Feb. 23 that the city revoke, suspend or place on probation Cloud Nine’s license for code violations including alcohol sales to minors, operating a dance hall without a permit and failure to supervise the parking lot.

Licensing director Rob Sherman said he asked the Public Service Committee to pull the action against Cloud Nine after Crawford turned in the license Feb. 24.

Crawford, who hasn’t returned The Augusta Chronicle’s requests for comment, is becoming a nonmajority partner in a new endeavor at the restaurant as she pursues what Sherman said was a career in education.

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avidreader 03/05/12 - 06:26 am
"To pursue a career in

"To pursue a career in education". Good choice. Ms. Crawford can now guide our children through an educational system that yearns for teachers with integrity and good sense. Welcome aboard, Shalanda.

soldout 03/05/12 - 08:19 am
One bar closed; 100s to go.

One bar closed; 100s to go. May they all close for lack of business as people becomes lovers of their Lord and creator and haters of sin.

stillamazed 03/05/12 - 08:34 am
Why do people continue to

Why do people continue to think they can get away with this crap? If you want to go into business fine, but keep it on the up and up. I think that greed is the driving force here coupled with believing you are above the law.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 03/05/12 - 09:47 am
stillamazed, I think you hit

stillamazed, I think you hit the nail right on the head. It would take to long for her to have gotten rich "the old fashioned way", so I guess she choose to cut a few corners and make some bucks now, rather than later. And you know, how in the world did she think that police driving by wouldn't be able to see...even from Wrightsboro Road!!....into the building and tell the difference between a restaurant and a nightclub with dancing??

kiwiinamerica 03/05/12 - 11:05 am
So after operating a

So after operating a "nuisance bar", she's now planning a career in .....*cough*..........."education"?? can't make this stuff up.

stillamazed 03/05/12 - 12:08 pm
I agree Just My Opinion, but

I agree Just My Opinion, but apparently common sense is not to common these days....

David Parker
David Parker 03/05/12 - 12:08 pm
The Big Boy must be

The Big Boy must be devastated !

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