Cheerleaders (finally) loses its license
This one's been a long time coming: Last week, the liquor board revoked the license of the shady Fells Point bar Cheerleaders. This piece says it best:
Liquor commissioners said they stripped the bar of its license after a series of attacks inside the club. On May 15, police were called to Cheerleaders for a fight that spilled into the street and left two women hospitalized, according to a Southwestern District officer who testified during Thursday's hearing. The next night, another fight broke out at the bar that required the entire Fells Point police sector, about 40 officers, to bring it under control, according to testimony.
I never wrote about Cheerleaders, because the management threatened my life ...
I first stopped by Cheerleaders several years ago when they were rehabbing the place. The manager was a fellow named Francis Lee, who at the time had recently been released from prison. He used to run the nearby Ritz Cabaret, before he was convicted of laundering purported drug money and hiring illegal immigrants as dancers.
Lee and I talked about what he planned to do with the place. But when I told him I'd have to use his name in the piece, he didn't like that. In fact, he told me he would have me killed if I mentioned his name. Then he gave a nervous laugh, as if to imply that he was joking. But he didn't blink.
I'm not someone who takes death threats lightly -- especially from convicts. So I didn't write about Cheerleaders. In fact, I'd forgotten about the place until all the violence erupted there.
I have to say, I'm glad Cheerleaders is gone. I certainly won't miss it.