Owner of padlocked Nashville lounge should not have had liquor license

Posted at 8:25 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 15:55:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The owner of a Nashville lounge, that has since been declared a public nuisance, reportedly failed to disclose his previous convictions in order to obtain a liquor license.

Metro Nashville police raided 1805 Ultra Lounge on Church Street early Wednesday morning due to ongoing violence and drug activity.

A judge declared the business a public nuisance and a padlocking order was executed.

Police said the owner, Anthony Powell, is wanted on a felony weapons charge and is also a convicted felon.

He was not at the business at the time of the raid, and police believed at the time that he may have been out of state. However, Powell surrendered to police at 8:36 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Powell did not disclose the extent of his convictions – failing to do so on his 2016, 2017 and 2018 applications.

Powell would have filled out his application understanding there was a penalty for perjury. TABC does “random checks” on applicants based on what they report.

Powell is also expected to be served with paperwork regarding Wednesday's padlocking. He and the owners of the land on which the business sits will be required to go before Judge Dozier on March 6.

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