October 21, 2021

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Previous Southbound manager speaks out

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Southbound Smokehouse will hold its business license. While it will not indicate a lot following they declared yesterday they ended up closing their Augusta locale.

Augusta commissioners had been set to listen to from the sheriff’s business this afternoon who was going to advocate their liquor and business license be revoked soon after a raid 3 months ago. But commissioners scrapped ideas to vote on it. In the meantime, we spoke to the now-fired manager of the restaurant about what he suggests occurred.

Sloan Baughman is 23 years old, he was the normal manager at Southbound for about 3 months right before he was fired next the raid.

“I imagine under my vision I would’ve carried out factors a total great deal in a different way. I believe under their vision I did the very best work that I could,” reported Baughman.

He says the owner’s vision led to a raid by Richmond County Deputies wherever ‘investigators observed the tables moved within the restaurant to open up for a dance ground with a DJ participating in dance new music.’ Deputies say the inside of of the restaurant was really crowded with individuals standing or dancing, the lights were small and a disco ball was noticed lighting the dance flooring. Investigators observed no just one inside sitting down or eating any foods.

Baughman was the one particular cited for functioning a nightclub and supplying individuals beneath 21 alcoholic beverages, and while he normally takes element of that blame, he states the lifestyle and atmosphere there is not a little something he made in a few months.

“They desired persons to come to feel unique in their ecosystem. They preferred specified folks to really feel exclusive that unique energy versus obtaining to stand in line or go as a result of personal protection,” he explained.

Did they at any time convey to you men to permit someone in that they understood was underage?

“Not particularly underage for each se,” mentioned Baughman. “There had been a great deal of periods if it was not me it would have been the other supervisor, we have this individual coming in, you want to allow them in the side doorway.”

But the night time of the raid he claims anyone within arrived through the front door and confirmed their ID.

“They employed all private safety, police officers for these men to go by way of. My career was not to let folks by way of that door. My task was not to explain to people today to depart. My task was to operate a cafe,” he explained.

The night of the raid Richmond County Deputies cited seven men and women beneath the age of 21 for drinking liquor. They also cited Baughman for working a nightclub with no a license and offering alcoholic beverages to people beneath 21. There were being allegations underage folks were becoming enable in the aspect door. Considerably less than a week afterwards, Sloane was fired, one thing he calls unfair, around a doorway he statements he questioned the proprietors to block off.

“There was a fight that transpired a whilst back again. Because of the incident I wished to safe the perimeter. Lock each side door. A person way in,” reported Baughman.

He says the house owners explained no.

“I imagine I was a tumble male to a degree. I believe I was the fall male 100 per cent,” he explained.

Which is why he’s talking out now to consider to very clear his identify.

We to start with reached out to the proprietors about 9:30 previous evening. Because then we’ve texted, referred to as and emailed them but have not heard back.

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