Crime & Courts

Richland County sports bar was operating as gentlemen’s club, deputies say

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A Richland County sports bar lost its liquor license Friday after authorities found it was operating as a strip club, according to a statement from the local sheriff’s department.

Kandyland Go Go Sports Bar and Restaurant was given a liquor license in June 2018 on the condition that the establishment did not operate as an “adult cabaret,” according to the statement.

“Random inspections of the facility indicated it was in violation of said conditions,” the statement read.

Friday, an order was signed to revoke Kandyland’s license, according to the statement. The S.C. Law Enforcement Division will remove the license.

Kandyland is located on Percival Road. 

The restaurant had a long history with the sheriff’s department. In early December, a man was shot and killed at Kandyland, which Richland County Coroner Gary Watts described then as a night club.

Terrence Maxwell Kinley died at the restaurant after being shot in the upper body, according to the coroner.

Emily Bohatch is a breaking news reporter for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.