What’s going on at The Library in Five Points?

nophillips@thestate.comNovember 14, 2013 

— A moving truck is parked outside The Library night club in Five Points.

Inside the bar, men are working. The television screens are wrapped in plastic, and boxes are piled on the floor.

But the bar’s owner, Justin Kershner, said Thursday afternoon he did not know what his plans for the bar might be.

He would not say whether he was moving or changing the bar’s format, but he said he recently had ordered things and was deciding whether to keep them.

Kershner closed the bar indefinitely last week after Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott called the bar a known gang hang out and said it needed to change its ways or close.

The day after Lott leveled his accusations at the bar, the S.C. Department of Revenue told Kershner he needed to pay nearly $19,000 in back taxes immediately or lose his permits to sell alcohol. Kershner came up with the money Friday afternoon but decided to close his doors indefinitely.

The Library has not opened in a week.

While standing outside his bar Thursday afternoon, Kershner said he and his wife were discussing options.

“I’ll let you know if I have news,” he told The State.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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