I confess that this story in The State came as a complete surprise to me:
Club Essence on Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland, the scene of nine separate shooting incidents over the past three years, is closed.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said pressure from police and neighbors persuaded the building owner not to renew the club's lease.
"Santa Claus came early for this community," Lott said Monday. "This place has been a hell hole."
I had driven past the place many times during the day, noticed the signage with a guy playing saxophone over the legend "Club Essence Jazz Club" and thought to myself "hey, that sounds nice!". I couldn't imagine that jazz would draw much of a crowd and imagined it as a smoky, low-key kind of place. Shows how detached from reality I get sometimes, I suppose.
(Hat tip commenter Matt)
UPDATE 3 June 2010 -- It's now Pandora's Lounge:
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