Club Dreams won't reopen

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, January 14, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- It's been a rough 2007 for Club Dreams. With noise violations and violence. Most recently, two men were shot in the parking lot after a fight broke out early Christmas morning. And now, the doors at Club Dreams are closed for good.

"As of now, we're closing Club Dreams ourselves. And Club Love, we're pushing it to the side. And to bring the new Love Conventional Center to mentor youths," Owner Dennis Johnson said.

That center would be on Damascus Road. Johnson said their plan right now is to give developers out of Atlanta seven days to buy them out of their lease for a total of $200,000.

"If they can't decide within seven days from tomorrow, we'll move forth with the new Love Conventional Center," Johnson said.

They said the center would be used to monitor and help mentor to the youth every Saturday. On Friday and Sunday it would be used for a Christian gathering place. And Monday through Thursday, the center would be used for business meetings, events, and other occasions.

"We're looking forward to just moving forward. Getting past Club Dreams issues and moving forward to bigger and better things," Owner, Marion Rosier said.

Unlike Club Dreams, the new center would cater to a different crowd.

"I think we need a place where the Christians can go. Especially the ones that don't like night clubs. No alcohol. Just a place to rejoice and gather. A lot of single Christians need a place. So we think this will be a great opportunity to do something positive," Johnson said.

Club Dreams is on the agenda for the Augusta Commission meeting tomorrow. The owners said they won't be there. They said there is no reason to go because they won't be asking to transfer a business license for Club Dreams or a liquor license.

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  • by Cindy Location: Augusta, Georgia on Jan 16, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    I don't think the Richmond County deputies are paid enough to put their lives on the line to break up fights between these low-rent sleazes. The club owners trying to open a "christian" club is totally hilarious too, after accusations of illegal activity going on inside the club. They are the real gangsters if you ask me. It's a real shame that Augusta can't have some decent gathering places where people can go to dance and have a couple drinks without fearing for their lives at these dives.
  • by Lisa Location: Augusta on Jan 16, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    I don't think it is right to just take their liquor license like that, because of the fact is what goes on the out side of the club Richmond County should be available to help control that. And it is bad enough they try to keep confusion down in the inside.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2008 at 08:51 PM
    What do you expect its in the middle of crackville. It's a shame Augusta can't have anything because of the thugs and gang related bullcrap. Get rid of the gangs and thugs, then maybe South side can grow. Turn Regency Mall into a prison and throw their sorry butts in there.
  • by concerned citizen Location: augusta on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:21 PM
    ok it's cool with whatever decision is made about the club but why after only a few VIOLENT issues is dreams closing when the soundtrack has violence ALL the time. i mean really, a police officer was shot and we have heard NOTHING else about the incident. what type of BS is this. soundtrack always is overcrowded and have all kinds of drugs being used and sold but their doors are still open. now i'm wondering what type of connections soundtrack has with the rcsd and the local comissioners? something just doesn't seem right. a guy got shot at alex's sport's bar and she was closed so i can't believe a officer being shot and they are still open. can yall put something on the news or newspaper about that! i really liked club dreams despite the few problems they had but hey it was a night club and not all people can act as though they have some god given sense. now black is out of his club and tank and rufus are still poppin......
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