Columbus police seized bottles of vodka, gin and tequila, dispersed a small crowd and arrested the owner of a new club in south Columbus that has operated for two months without a business or alcohol license.
Trina Boykins, 26, was jailed Friday on charges she failed to obtain the licenses for the Parlay Lounge, 3509 Cusseta Road, and violated the city’s brown-bagging ordinance.
“It’s not shut down. I can open back up once I get my business license,” Boykins said by phone Saturday after she was released on bond from the Muscogee County Jail. “It’s Columbus, and that’s why I’m not surprised they would do something like this.”
The Parlay Lounge has advertised heavily in recent weeks, offering exposure to local rappers and branding itself “the hottest new club in C-town.”
Sgt. Bill Gasaway of the Columbus Police Department’s vice unit said the business has applied for a license but not received it.
“They shouldn’t have been open at all,” Gasaway said. After 11 p.m. Friday, Gasaway and other officers from the vice unit entered the club and sent about 20 people home. The officers seized about 10 bottles of liquor that patrons had taken with them to the club.
Gasaway said that the “BYOB” [--] bring your own bottle [--] advertisements from the club raised a red flag among investigators.
Columbus Council in 2003 voted to stop the issue of brown-bagging permits. Businesses that held permits at the time have been allowed to renew them, but a relocation or change in ownership means the license is forfeited.