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City Council votes to revoke club's liquor license

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah City Council votes to revoke the liquor license for Dosha Ulta Bar & Lounge on Broughton Street. 

The owner of Dosha Bar, Darrell Bryant, went before council members for a show-cause hearing to try to get the club's liquor license reinstated.

The council placed an emergency temporary suspension on the club's alcohol license in February pending the hearing.

The suspension stems from a fight that happened outside the club on Feb. 23, which resulted in two people getting shot.

Bryant had to represent himself on Thursday at the hearing. He could have brought a lawyer but he told city council that he had tried to contact three different lawyers to represent him, but none of them showed up.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers testified that Dosha Bar received more than 40 citations in the last year for not being in compliance with city laws and ordinances. They also received more than a dozen noise complaints from the Marshall House across the street.

Investigators also said undercover officers discovered people were using illegal drugs inside the bar in addition to alcohol that was being served to minors.

As their investigation continued, they realized Dosha has been operating this bar illegally since the beginning of the year.

 "In this particular case, he obtained both his city and state license in 2013," said Sean Brandon, Bureau Chief of Management Services. "When it came time to renew, he renewed his city license but not his state license."

Brandon says the state sent Dosha cease and desist letters. City officials say Bryant will not be allowed to operate at the Dosha establishment ever again.

Bryant could always try to open another bar in Savannah but with his history, officials say it would probably not be approved.

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