MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach City Council has reached a compromise with the owner of the 3rd Avenue Sports Bar and Grill to allow it to operate through the end of the month following its business license being suspended in April.
This compromise was reached during a business license hearing at Tuesday's Myrtle Beach City Council meeting.
In April, the bar and grill's business license was suspended after a nuisance investigation was opened, Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby previously confirmed.
There were 12 different incident reports taken at the establishment, located at 1102 Third Ave. South, that dated back to Jan. 2016, according to online records from the MBPD's website. They included assault/aggravated assault, a narcotics violation and burglary.
Myrtle Beach Business License Official Mary McDowell said six people have been shot at 3rd Avenue Sports Bar and Grill and the business is a magnet for criminals and gang members.
The owner, John Feaster Jr., said many of the allegations about his business aren't true.
However, he's planning to retire anyway, so he told council he would like to be able to open back up just through the end of the month to make up for some of the money he's lost since he's had to be closed, which he estimates is more than $15 thousand.
Council members agreed Feaster's business can be open until 2 a.m. each day from Wednesday through May 31.
"I've got to try to make it up some kind of way," Feaster said. "I hope the city would've let me stay open a little later. But I can deal with 2 o'clock. I'll be out of there. I hope I can make some money back."
Feaster's business license will be permanently revoked after May 31st. However, if an incident occurs before then, it can be automatically revoked.