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Judge grants request for 'Big Daddy's' hearing

A Dougherty Superior Court will determine whether a decision by the Albany City Commission not to give Big Daddy's Lounge an alcohol license should be upheld.

A Dougherty Superior Court will determine whether a decision by the Albany City Commission not to give Big Daddy's Lounge an alcohol license should be upheld.

ALBANY, Ga. — The owner of a controversial night club that was stripped of its liquor license by the Albany City Commission will have a hearing in Dougherty Superior Court in the hope of swaying a judge to override the commission’s vote and grant the establishment its license, court documents show.

Big Daddy’s Lounge owner Gilbert Udoto is appealing the city commission’s Jan. 29 vote to strip his bar of its liquor license to Dougherty Superior Court. As a part of that appeal, Udoto has asked for a temporary injunction blocking the city from enforcing its action. The hearing on the matter has been set for March 27.

The commission voted 5-0-2 not to renew the alcohol license for Big Daddy’s based on information presented by City Attorney Nathan Davis suggesting a history and pattern of criminal activity in and around the club during a hearing January 29.

In court documents, Udoto contends that the commission’s action and the ordinance it’s based on are unconstitutional and unfairly infringes on his ability to operate the business.

Assistant City Attorney Chimere Chisolm said her office believes that the action taken by the commission was legally justified and will survive court scrutiny.

“We believe the commission’s vote is legally binding and that the appeal is without merit,” Chisolm said.

Big Daddy’s was the only bar of the five under consideration to have its license non-renewed by the commission. Udoto’s other property, the Sandrap on Oglethorpe Boulevard, was considered, but commissioners voted to allow it to retain its license.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

With the right Lawyer, and the correct documentation, this is a winable case that the City should have seen coming.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

its not the owners fault if his patrons do stuff and break the law.....why punish him???

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

I know you have to be happy that you still get to visit your favorite hangout. It's the owners responsibility to make it a safe place to patronize. If they legalize carrying guns into bars, it will be interesting to see how much more shooting will go on in there. They won't have to worry about shutting it down, Their won't be any customers left, all the regular patrons will either be dead or in jail.

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truthsayer 1 year, 8 months ago

Why waste time on these injunctions. The city commission takes the license, judge gives it back. Go figure. Who really cares about crime in Ebony? No one.

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MRKIA 1 year, 8 months ago

THAT AREA AROUND BIG DADDY'S WILL NEVER EVOLVE AS LONG AS IT EXISTS IN IT'S CURRENT FORM. IT'S A DETRIMENT TO THE AREA.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

Ever thought of proactive Policeing? That is where you go to an area like this with a Dog trained to detect Firearms, and court proven. Wouldn't be many guns carried if this were policy with APD. Knowing a little about the folks that patronize this place, I don't believe that amny of them have a CCW permit, nor the background that would allow them to get one. I remember once in the distant past the Warrent Squad of the US Marshals Office visited this establishment, back when it was more of a store than a club. They came up with so many non-federal violations they had to call Mell and have him bring his men over. The weapons started hitting the floor the second the cars pulled up.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

The police are reactive here and not proactive. City leaders are the same in all levels of the local govt. in Albany.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

Its still not the fault of the owner. He cant run the business and carry a shotgun to protect the place at the same time. Its just another form of profiling here in Albany. When the mall gets robbed, the city does not try to take its business license....When subway gets robbed, nobody blames the owner, ....when a fight breaks out at the skating ring, nobody blames the owner.......when the kids fight at Lee County High, nobody blames the principal and tries to shut down the school,....When women curse each other out at the Mellow Mushroom, nobody tries to take their buisness license......therefore, this is just another form of "small-bany" racial profiling........deal with it......

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

What do you mean he can't carry a shotgun at his business? That's how they did it in the old west. People got rowdy, the bartenter gets the shotgun and tells them to break it up.

Come on bubbasmith, how many people do you know that drinks alcoholic beverages at subway? at the skating rink? The Albany Mall? Subway getting their license taken away because they are robbed, LMAO!. Using your logic, almost every business in Albany would have their license taken away. That owner at Big Daddy's lounge knows there is a good chance a fight will break out, and the police record proves it. It's not the civic centers fault either that fights break out but they provide security for what it's worth.

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jglass 1 year, 8 months ago

bubbasmith, the owner is selling a product that impairs peoples senses when they consume too much. It is up to the owner and his employees to make sure that the clients are not sold so much alcohol that their senses get impaired. So, your comment is kind of way off base.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

So do you guys suggest he hire a security firm to stand around at his buisness just to stay open????? Are you crazy??? They dont do that at Olive Garden.....They dont do that at Ruby Tuesday....They dont do that at Chillis, so why should he????

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

Subway, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday, Red Lobster, Applebees etc. The difference between these businesses and Big Daddy's lounge is as different as night and day. Young children can go to these places to eat, it's more of a family environment. Would you take your 5 year old child to Big Daddy's lounge? Sure they have had underage people there, and that's just another reason the should not be allowed to keep their license.

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jglass 1 year, 8 months ago

I think given the examples bubbasmith, they are probably totally different clients and a totally different situation.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

thats my point---------this is biased profiling!!! YOU FINALLY GET IT!!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

blubbasmith, you are the one that doesn't get it. Got it?

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jglass 1 year, 8 months ago

No, not biased. When hanging out in a bar........................you probably act a lot more stupid than normal. Then, you add the alcohol, the attitudes, etc. and then you have trouble. I don't drink adult beverages, I have never been in a neighborhood bar, so I don't see the need for any kind of "bar" to be open!!!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

With a license to do business and particularly to sell intoxicants the business owner incurs an obligation to maintain the property in a civil manner. That includes criminal activity, fights, stabbings, shootings, etc. etc. If law enforcement has established the repeated failure of the ownership to conduct responsible business owner should lose his permit and the court will certainly agree. If not. I suggest the the APD park three patrol cars in view of all patrons and enforce the law. The tavern will be closed shortly.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 8 months ago

If that is the case Fryar.....all bars in this city should be treated fairly and all must abide by the same set of rules.....fair is fair....

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

Because police are not called to the other bars consistantly like they did big daddy's, you just can't get it through your thick skull.

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jglass 1 year, 8 months ago

Do they ALL not have to abide by the same rules? Does Applebees, Ruby Tuesday, Red Lobster have the police called to their locations on a regular basis for fights, stabbings and shootings in their parking lots?

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

name a date...I ain't never seen no police called to these places unless someone got robbed. Course by your logic if they got robbed they need to have their business license taken away. That is your thugs fault not the restaurants fault.

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

It was called the dram law, I think. If you were served in a bar and later got involved in an accident, the bar could be liable. If the patrons of Big Daddy's sued the bar every time they got shot, stabbed, raped, beat up, molested, robbed and subjected to bad taste in clothing it would not last long in business. Sue the SOB's.

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