S.C. Dept. of Commerce reverses decision, allows Murrells Inlet biker bar to hold pre-bike week rally

S.C. Dept. of Commerce reverses decision, allows Murrells Inlet biker bar to hold pre-bike week rally
SBB bar in Murrells Inlet along Highway 17 Business. (Source: Google Maps)

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WMBF) – A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will be allowed to hold a fall pre-bike week rally this weekend.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce had originally rejected SBB’s event exception request to hold the Myrtle Beach Fall Pre-Bike Rally that was expected to take place Friday through Sunday.

Under the governor’s current executive order, organizations hoping to host events with more than 250 people must put in an event exemption request with the state Department of Commerce, and it must be approved.

The state Department of Commerce stated in the report that it was brought to its attention that the biker bar has been “operating in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order.”

But less than an hour after WMBF News reported the decision, the owner of SBB reached out and provided an email that the state Department of Commerce sent him at 4:22 p.m. Thursday. It stated that the event requested has been granted.

WMBF News is also reaching out to the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the governor’s office on this decision.

WMBF News uncovered last week that the South Carolina Department of Revenue is seeking to permanently revoke SBB’s alcohol license.

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Documents from the agency state that the biker bar hosted multiple live music events, including a concert with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, in July during the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally.

The documents went on to say that SBB remained open for 12 weeks as a regular concert venue and night club despite being ordered to remain closed ton non-employees.

It was during that time that an executive order was in place that classified concert venues and night clubs as non-essential businesses.

The attorney for the biker bar has submitted paperwork to the Administrative Law Court showing that it will fight the alcohol license revocation.

SCDOR told WMBF News on Thursday that a contested case hearing has not been set yet.

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