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Bar owner concerned after losing liquor license

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah City Manager decided to revoke a local bar's liquor license after a series of violence that happened in and around Dosha Ultra Lounge over the weekend. 

City officials said this was the tipping point, because the bar had already been under a microscope because of numerous complaints.

City officials met with Darrell Bryant, owner of Dosha Ultra Lounge in January because of noise complaints, overcrowding and security issues.

City manager Stephanie Cutter said the owner was supposed to provide an operational plan after the meeting but never did.

In the meantime, the city continued to get complaints from local businesses about noise and overcrowding.

"We have been in communication with our police department and this particular location has been the source of a lot of negative controversy," said Cutter.

Cutter said city officials already decided on Friday before the incidents happened that they were going to have a hearing about the future of Dosha's liquor license, but Cutter said that all changed when she woke up to the news on Saturday.

WTOC spoke to Dosha's owner, Darrell Bryant, who said he has been in compliance with the city and that the shootings were unrelated to his club.

Bryant is worried about the future of his business now that the city has revoked his liquor license until his case can be reviewed at a show cause hearing on March 20.

The owner said he stands to lose nearly three quarters of the bar's annual income because he cannot serve alcohol on St. Patrick's Day or anytime before March 20.

Bryant said even though there have been complaints about noise and security, he said he has been working with city officials to correct those issues.

However, the city said the owner didn't make the necessary changes.

"I think our staff is very good about sitting down and having a conversation and letting the bar owner know what the problems are," said Cutter. "If they don't make a change, there are consequences."  

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