The Arrow: Local News: Local bar forced to close (08/26/14)

Local bar forced to close Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Logan Young


replica watches Slingers Nightclub and Lounge was oen to everyone 18 and older. Submitted photo Marcell Malone, the owner of Slingers Nightclub and Lounge for the past year, said that there were several reasons the nightclub eventually was shut down on June 19.

swiss replica watches Malone said that the first warning from the police came after three underage students were given MIPs, or charges for being minors in possession of alcohol. After that incident, Malone said that the club's security guards were instructed to crack down on checking IDs, but that it was difficult to monitor the security guards at every moment.

replica omega watches All of the nightclub's 28 employees were students from Southeast Missouri State University, meaning they had a high likelihood of knowing many of the patrons coming in and out of the club, and the employees typically let students in, regardless of the rules, without checking their identification closely.

replica omega watches "It was really hard for them to say no to their friends," Malone said.

best replica watches Even though Malone said that some students were allowed in that shouldn't have been, he added that over the course of the year his security team confiscated around 250 false forms of identification from students trying to use fake or borrowed IDs.

"I think with Slingers being so close to the university, it made it a lot easier for people to get into trouble because, you know, people would just walk home a lot of times, like they'd just walk right across the street because a lot of people lived in Greek housing or they'd walk all the way down to Cape Trails even, and not everybody is the most behaved in the world when they leave, especially if they've been drinking, so that had a lot to do with it," Malone said.

Malone said the problems for Slingers started to get worse when Delta Sigma Theta, an organization on Southeast's campus, had a social at Slingers in April where two women got into a fight that drew the local police task force to the premises. Due to a large concentration of people standing outside the club, the police gave Malone another warning.

The next social that Slingers held was for Alpha Phi Alpha, another organization on Southeast's campus. Members from Omega Psi Phi came to the social and a physical fight eventually broke out that the Slingers security was unable to manage. Malone called the police to help control the fight and another strike was put against the nightclub.

A couple weeks later, Malone applied to have the nightclub's liquor license renewed, and later received a letter that said that the City of Cape had not only declined the request for the license renewal, but that the city had revoked the club's current liquor license, so therefore the club could no longer open for business.

"The reason stated in that letter [for the revocation of the liquor license]... More or less, it was because we were unable to contain a safe environment and we did not report incidents," Malone said.

Malone said that he had the opportunity to appeal the charges against the nightclub, but he withdrew the appeal because he thought the nightclub wasn't going in the direction he had originally intended.

"For a long time, Slingers has been a place that I managed, but when I took over I wanted to change it," Malone said. "... I wanted to change it to a place where everybody felt comfortable going to, I wanted to change it to the place that everybody just knew to go to when they're in college, and the place that gave people from the age of 18 to 20 something to actually do."

Malone said that he liked the idea of creating a safe and fun environment for college students to hang out throughout the week, but that at a certain point it became too much.

"I enjoyed people having fun," Malone said. "I enjoyed providing fun to the community that I grew up in, and when I see students say things like 'Oh, man, I built my whole school schedule around Tuesdays and Thursdays,' I think to myself 'That's not OK. Those priorities are not good.' And at that point that's not me providing a positive place, that's me providing a borderline negative place. ... I think it contributed to people not being as focused on what they should be."

Malone said that, according to his records, he donated around $10,000 over the course of the last year to various organizations around campus, including philanthropies and certain charities. He said that his overall goal was to make the nightclub better than just another average bar and that he treated his staff like family.

"I truly loved my staff like they were family," Malone said. "And when I had to tell them that this wasn't happening anymore it broke my heart more than losing a business and thousands of dollars. It hurt more to let friends down. These people, without them, there never would have been a Slingers to begin with."

Luke Propst, a former Slingers employee, said he will miss having the opportunity to be with all of the staff and people that frequented the nightclub.

"Just getting together with all of your friends, it's not like we're probably not going to be able to do that still, but it's just a different atmosphere, I guess," Propst said. "It was more of that nightclub atmosphere where you could go in there and have a big place to dance and have a good time."

Malone said that another individual has been looking at purchasing the space where Slingers was but did not have any further details.

"For the people that did like it, I think the nostalgia will kind of be upsetting," Malone said.