Restaurant In Court

Judge Says Need Proof County Hurt Business

Patrick Gentry
June 16, 2017 - 4:11 pm

The judge decided to rule against an injunction sought against Greenville County by restaurant Bucks Racks and Ribs.

In a lawsuit filed by the business on May 24th, it argues that the county and Sheriff Will Lewis are violating their First Amendment rights and hurting their business. Attorneys for the restaurant argue the property that Bucks Racks and Ribs occupies has been grandfathered since the previous tenant – Platinum Plus won a lawsuit in 2002 which allowed the sexually-oriented business to operate legally and that the current business is legally operating within guidelines setup by the County for the previous tenant.

The county says witness statements report the establishment is not operating legally within guidelines for a restaurant. Undercover deputies reported seeing dancers exposing themselves and simulating sex acts on stage.

The judge in the case did not issue a ruling instead saying the restaurant must prove the claim they’ve suffered irreparable harm based on the actions of Greenville County and the Sheriff’s Office.

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