Officers with the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit (OCU) said Maxcine’s Sports Bar and Grill at 1747 Castalia St. also has been the scene of fights, robberies, gunfire and other criminal activity in recent months. The club also sold liquor, beer and held dance contests for cash prizes, all without proper licenses and permits.
The club was closed temporarily last Thursday after a nuisance petition filed by Gen. Weirich and Memphis City Atty. Bruce McMullen was signed by Environmental Court/General Sessions Court Division 14 Judge Larry Potter.
Judge Potter agreed Tuesday that the club is a public nuisance and should be closed permanently, a decision not opposed by the property owner who was not involved in running the club. There also have been other aggravated robberies, gunfire with high-power assault rifles and fights at Maxcine’s, officers said, but the club tries to keep such incidents “in house” without notifying police.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and by Asst. Memphis City Prosecutors Kenya Hooks and William L. Gibbons Jr.