SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Spartanburg city leaders are saying no to an appeal for a nightclub to get its business license back. Club Rehab’s license was revoked in February after leaders deemed it a public nuisance.
Page after page containing police reports, evidence and testimony persuaded Spartanburg City Council to affirm the city manager’s decision to revoke Club Rehab’s business license during Monday evening’s City Council meeting.
Data from the Spartanburg Police Department shows the club has been the site of a handful of crimes over the last year and a half. One of those was a shooting in October of 2020 on what police have called the club’s property.
Since being ordered closed the first week of February, neighbors in that area told 7 News, the club has been quiet.
Prior to that, data shows 122 911 dispatch calls were made related to the club between June of 2019 to January of 2021. 27 of those calls were related to a disturbance with a weapon, according to a report from the police department.
As for what’s next for the club, the Spartanburg City Attorney told us the club’s owner can appeal the decision in a circuit court.
The owner of Club Rehab, Billy Webber sent us the following statement regarding the city’s decision:
“Honestly not surprised at decision of council. Our stance has been consistent. This was a targeted approach to a community law enforcement and the city just don’t understand nor can relate to. Plenty of evidence of racism and fabrication of facts throughout this process. We are committed to serve the black community and to continue to make a positive impact in the community. This small set back will not stop my passion or the passion of my staff. Rehab will always be committed to changing lives. Thanks for your time.”
You can find additional information on the business license revocation here: https://www.wspa.com/news/spartanburg-nightclubs-business-license-revoked-owner-starting-appeal-process/