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Company owning Bucks Racks & Ribs seeks restraining order against county, sheriff

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Unmarked vehicles parked in front of Bucks Racks & Ribs (FOX Carolina/ May 25, 2017) Unmarked vehicles parked in front of Bucks Racks & Ribs (FOX Carolina/ May 25, 2017)
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The company which owns Bucks Racks & Ribs, Greenville Bistro LLC, has filed a motion for a court hearing on June 1 to seek a temporary restraining order against Greenville County and Sheriff Will Lewis, according to court documents.

The hearing in the case began Thursday at 10:30 a.m. At the hearing, an attorney representing Greenville Bistro claimed the Greenville County Sheriff's office is violating their First Amendment rights and ruining their business before they can get it established.

An attorney for the sheriff's office, Mark Tollison, said there are clear rules for Bucks Racks & Ribs to follow, which is registered as a restaurant and not a sexually-oriented business.

"The biggest problem is, these new tenants came in, applied to be a restaurant and it's obvious they had some sense that they could do more than that," Tollison said. "That's not the permit that they asked for, and it's not the permit they got."

Greenville Bistro also filed a lawsuit against Greenville County and the sheriff for holding the business to the same consent orders that applied to the previous business at that location, Platinum Plus, and trying to stop the business from providing entertainment.

The lawsuit, which was filed on May 24 calls for a temporary injunction to allow the business to operate and provide entertainment, which the lawsuit claims is protected speech.

The lawsuit states Greenville County and the sheriff’s office are violating prior court orders, interfering with Greenville Bistro’s ability to “operate a business similar to the one previously operating on the site,” and attempting to enforce unwarranted codes against the business.

Greenville County deputies have twice issued citations at the business after deputies said they found the business was in violation of adult entertainment ordinances concerning “unlawful amount of flesh.”

The county provided a notice to the business after the first citations were issued on May 12 stating that the business must stop offering live entertainment because it was only zoned as a restaurant and that all employees must be clothed.

The latest citations were issued Tuesday night.

Another hearing is scheduled for June 16.

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