Treehouse, a popular downtown bar, was the scene of a shooting after midnight on January 1 leaving two people injured and one dead. Treehouse liquor license was suspended last week by the City of Savannah. A Show Cause hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11 to determine if the license will be revoked.
In his regular Tuesday press briefing Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said, "We've had concerns about this establishment before. This is a part of our city being absolutely clear...that you're not going to operate with reckless abandon in our city."
Johnson said bars and clubs in the city who don't follow the rules would "come before this council."
"We have rules," Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said during his regular Tuesday press briefing. "And these rules are to keep people safe."
Owner Stu Putman said in an interview with WSAV that he takes reasonable precautions, including employing off-duty police officers on weekend nights and private security guards who use a portable metal detector. He also hired more off-duty officers and will use a metal detector on every customer who enters. Putman says the bar’s 26 employees are now out of work.
He’s scheduled to ask the Savannah’s City Council on Thursday to reinstate Tree House’s liquor license.
Johnson said he will reserve judgement on the situation until he hears all the facts at the hearing.
"We'll hear the evidence and then we'll make a determination," Johnson said.