Nightclub with reputation for violence and unruly crowds seeks to reopen in Prince George’s County.
Hearing on the potential reopening is scheduled for Monday, July 16th, at 11AM; 9400 Peppercorn Place,Room 540, Largo, MD. UPDATE: Rescheduled for 12 noon on Thursday, July 19, 2012, room 540, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Largo Md. Should you require additional information please feel free to call 301-883-5817 or 301-883-3292.
The nightclub’s last incarnation was called MSG Nightclub, now the owner’s want to reopen it under the name Cherry’s Lounge. Other aliases of this infamous hotbead of crime include La Pearl and the Mad Chef Café all located at 7929 Central Avenue location. While functioning as MSG Nightclub, management was cited for operating without a dance hall licence and serving alcohol to minors. Police officers have been called to the club for acts of violence and most notably, the nightclub area was the site of an August 2011 murder. In the days when owner Eric Pickens operated the club as La Perl, there was a 2010, incident where a patron of the La Pearl was so severely beaten in the establishment’s parking lot that it resulted in the man being paralyzed.
THIS SAME owner Eric Pickens wants to reopen as “Cherry’s Lounge.” He and managers Jerome Tillery and Ronald Dixon, and employee Darryl Robinson have all plead guilty to charges of ranging from negligence to operating without a license. There were lawsuits pending against the club owner related to the 2010 beating and the 2011 death.
PLEASE don’t let this club reopen. The owner is well aware of what kind of crowd he’s drawing. He has shown a complete lack of responsibility towards the entire Prince George’s community and should be run out of town. These jokers know that DC and Virginia wouldn’t have them so they’re setting up shop in Prince George’s. I have a DJ (day job) and cannot attend this hearing but I can contact my councilman and let him know how I feel. You can do the same.
Prince George’s County is not a dumping ground for whore hangouts, strip clubs, and illegal nightclubs. Make that plain. Make it clear. Contact your council person quick. Legislation to clamp down on illegal clubs and illicit establishments like MSG/Cherry’s Lounge was passed by the PGCo Council in July 2011, and went into effect this past January 2012. The legislation established regulations that require club owners to submit security plans for clubs, raise licensing fees from $300 to $1,000 a year, and give the Department of Environmental Resources the right to suspend or revoke applications or licenses. Clubs are prohibited from operating between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m., and must participate in public hearing on the establishment’s impact on its community. MSG’s impact has been all negative. That needs to be the message tomorrow.
Shut them down and MAKE them stay OUT of Prince George’s County.