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Portland business owner: Complaints are racially motivated

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Image from video taken by neighbors of the Good Times Social Club of crowds outside the nightspot Image from video taken by neighbors of the Good Times Social Club of crowds outside the nightspot
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville business owner is fired up and ready to take on his neighbors. It all started after people in the Portland neighborhood called us complaining that the Good Times Social Club was a front for an illegal business. Neighbors claim owner Damon Hayes is selling alcohol without a license, but Hayes told us he believes the complaints are racially motivated and that's why he's consulting with a lawyer. 

Hayes says his business is legally grandfathered-in to stay open all night to sell food. He compares it to a local Waffle House. Hayes told us that he had a catering liquor license at one time, but it expired.  After meeting with his attorney, he wanted to talk to us about it.   

Last week, neighbors claimed Hayes' club was pretending to be a restaurant when it was instead offering liquor in the early morning hours. The neighbors claimed the club attracts large, rowdy and unwanted crowds to their streets.

According to Hayes, one of the complaining neighbors is a former employee with a score to settle. He told us the club has had two citations from Metro Alcohol Beverage Control for bootlegging, but Hayes says that citation was for a bottle of liquor found in a cabinet for a party.

Meanwhile, neighbors provided us with new video showing cars packed in from 22nd Street down to 25th Street with crowds of people hanging out front of the business.

"We went to the town meeting to get this thing resolved asking, ‘what is it that y'all want?'" said Hayes. 

Hayes says he hired three Metro Police officers to help handle the crowds, but the neighbors aren't backing down. They have collected more than 200 signatures on a petition to keep the club from getting a liquor license.

Louisville Metro Police told us they have made arrests for drug possession and disorderly conduct in front of the business.

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