Club 152, Purple Haze fight over early morning alcohol sales … – The Commercial Appeal

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Tourist Barbara Hawthorne from Pine Harbor, Georgia shows a little affection for a piece of guitar art on Beale Street in front of Club 152 Monday afternoon. Club 152 is suing the nearby Purple Haze claiming the club should be forced to stop serving alcohol at 3 a.m. because they are not part of the Beale Street district.(Photo: Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)Buy Photo

Two competing nightclubs in Downtown Memphis are involved in a lawsuit over whether one can serve alcohol after 3 a.m.

Club 152 and Purple Haze are popular spots for commercial tourism and in direct competition with each other, Club 152 said in a lawsuit alleging Purple Haze violated a state statute by selling alcohol past 3 a.m. and caused “acute financial damage” to Club 152.

Purple Haze shot back calling the lawsuit “frivolous” and motivated by Club 152’s “recent business declines.”

Purple Haze is located at 140 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. near Second Street, about a 2-minute walk from Club 152, at 152 Beale Street. The lawsuit, filed last year, returned to court this week for a hearing in which Purple Haze was denied a motion to have the case dismissed. 

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A motorcyclist passes the Purple Haze on Second Street which is embroiled in a lawsuit with the nearby Club 152. Purple Haze nightclub owners believe that they should be able to serve alcohol till 5 a.m. like neighboring clubs around the corner on Beale. (Photo: Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

“We are disappointed that the motion to dismiss was not granted, but are confident we will prevail as we move through the judicial system,” Purple Haze owner Pat Thomasson said in a statement. “Once all facts are brought before the court we are confident that we will prevail and continue

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