NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police have padlocked a south Nashville nightclub for the second time as a public nuisance.
Officers shut down Yea Baby's Entertainment Complex, formerly Silverado's, on Murfreesboro Pike on Friday afternoon after a judge's injection and padlocking order declaring it a public nuisance.
Police said they were padlocking the establishment partially due to videos posted to YouTube that showed violence, drug and gang activity, and nudity inside the club. Officials said that there was little to no security on the premises.
Investigators said the police department has logged more than 270 calls to the business over the past year, and an additional 366 calls from the intersection in front of the business.
"Enough is enough," said Chief Steve Anderson. "This place has adversely impacted the safety of this part of the Murfreesboro Pike corridor far too long and has been a drain on the resources of the Hermitage Precinct. The peace and safety of this community necessitated this afternoon's padlocking action."
Police padlocked Silverado's in August 2011, after Hermitage Police proved that the bar had become a regular source of fighting, quarreling, drunkenness and breaches of the peace that impacted neighboring businesses and residents.The owners of the bar agreed to changes in order to re-open. They changed the name to Yea Baby's a few months later.
"This is the first time my office has brought a second nuisance action against the same business," said District Attorney Torry Johnson. "The apparent indifference by the owners and managers of this establishment is not acceptable to my office, the police and certainly the neighborhood."
Club managers at Yea Baby's said this shut down is unjustified, and they claim Metro PD are being racist in shutting them down, because it's a black club. Club owners already have an attorney and plan to fight this in court.
The owners of the club, as well as the property owners, cannot step foot on the premises until a further decision from the court.