Shenanigans reopens 10+ days after cocaine arrests


Chase Amoroso

People wait to get inside Shenanigans bar for the first ‘Wild Wednesday’ in two weeks on September 1, 2021. The bar recently closed following the arrests of a bartender, a bouncer and a night manager suspected of selling cocaine on August 20, 2021.

Chase Amoroso, Correspondent

A line of students ran out the door of Shenanigans Wednesday night, their first time reopening since police arrested three staff members suspected of selling cocaine over a week ago.

“I’m so happy that they got to stay open,” said Georgia Southern student Eva Bueller. “I’ve been coming here for a long time, and my friend works here so I am glad.” 

 “I don’t live here, but whenever I come to Statesboro I always come to nans with my buddies,” said Claxton resident B.V. McNullard. “It’s got a great vibe.”

Shenanigans, a local bar located in University Plaza near the GS campus, reopened for the first time since their soft-closing on August 20 when police found cocaine and firearms in staff-only areas and arrested three staff members involved.

 Some people, especially GS students who pass by the bar on their way to and from class, feel uncomfortable walking past it due to the area’s reputation.

“I think it’s really creepy.” said GS student Lyla Burson. “I always hear sounds coming from the back. I don’t understand it. I thought there was a drug bust there.”

 “I don’t really think they should have been opened up so quickly,” said Kolby Smith, a GS freshman living nearby. “I don’t really have any complaints about it because I’m new to the area, but it’s definitely sketchy.” 

Shenanigans was voluntarily shut down for over a week, but their liquor license is not up for temporary suspension, City attorney Cain Smith said.

“At this point we have not done anything to affect their licensing prior to an administrative hearing,” said Smith. “The Statesboro Police department will continue to monitor the situation and will advise us if further action is required.”