Court rules in favor of sports bar

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A New Ellenton church protested a nearby sports bar, and for a short time, the bar lost its license to sell alcohol.

The fight went all the way to the state capitol.

The Lord of Our Righteousness Church claims the bar causes problems like noise, fighting, and drinking and driving. But the owner of infield bar and grill says they were singled out.

John and Patricia Rooth are getting ready for the grand re-opening of their bar, the Infield Bar and Grill. June 17 will be the first time in over a month that customers will be able to order a drink there.

"We lost a lot of revenue for no reason," Rooth says.

The bar was briefly shut down after a neighboring church, Lord of Our Righteousness, filed an official protest with the state of South Carolina.

"Reverend Frazier said he didn't want people to drive by our establishment for midweek activities or Sundays," Patricia says.

She says bishop William Frazier did not want his congregation to be exposed to alcohol on the way to church.

Multiple verses in the Bible warn against excessive drinking, and that is the basis for the church's protest.

News 12 contacted Bishop Frazier to ask why he targeted this bar. He declined to comment.

"How many establishments that sell beer and wine would he be driving past?" Patricia asks. "And yet he chose this establishment to protest."

"I feel pretty damn frustrated about it," says John. "But as I say, we weren't out to break the law or threaten anybody."

"I don't feel we bothered the church in any manner, and therefore I don't know why the protest was put in," says Patricia.

The state weighed both sides, and starting June 17, customers and the drinks they're looking for are back for another round.

The state found that the sports bar meets all the proper requirements for the alcohol license, and that it did not disrupt the community.