Nearly 600 calls for Metro police service during the past five and half years have led to Thursday afternoon’s padlocking of Out of Bounds Sports Bar and Grill at 1211 Murfreesboro Pike.
Officers from Metro’s South Precinct, along with representatives from the district attorney’s office, shut down the property on a temporary injunction and padlocking order signed by Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn.
A hearing is set for next Wednesday in Fishburn’s court. Until then, no one, including bar owners Gardner Lewis Dixon and James Andrew Dixon, will be allowed on the property.
The bar, which is located on Murfreesboro Pike near Briley Parkway, normally opened in the afternoon to serve food. But by nightfall, the clientele it attracted caught the attention of neighbors and police.
Neighboring businesses and residents in two nearby apartment complexes called police to complain of loud music, intoxicated persons and parking overflowing onto other properties — as well as robberies and shootings, according to police.
Out of Bounds recently made headlines when on May 6, Jordan Gardner, who had been a patron at the club, was shot and killed in a parking lot across the street after two men approached and tried to rob him.
But police said that incident was just one of many spanning a long period of time. From Jan. 1, 2010, up to last month’s shooting, police said officers responded to 187 calls. And since the current owners took the reigns of the business in September 2005, police have responded to 580 calls.
Often the calls originated from the business’ own security asking police for help controlling unruly crowds or breaking up fights.
South Precinct Commander Mike Alexander said, “Due to a comprehensive look at … calls for service and a significant allocation of resources to one particular location that has also negatively impacted the quality of life for area businesses and residents, we have moved forward today with a padlocking order.”
The owner of a nearby Mapco told police that he started last year closing his convenience store and gas pumps for an hour at 3 a.m., when Out of Bounds would close for the night and many of its patrons would visit the convenience store, grab what they could and leave without paying.
Residents from the nearby Glengarry Heights Apartments and Wynter Downs Apartments complained to police about frequently loud music, gunshots and noise coming from motorcycles on “bike night” as well as the frequent fights in the parking lots.
Other neighboring business owners have complained about Out of Bounds patrons parking in the parking lots of their businesses and leaving behind trash and broken bottles.
State House Rep. Janis Sontany, who was at the property Thursday, said the complaints date back to when the bar opened and escalated to the point that it amounted to a “drain on the local residential and business communities.”
One year ago, South Precinct officers executed a similar order on the Harding Inn at 324 Harding Place near Interstate 24. It never reopened and the owners are in the process of trying to sell the property.