A Five Points bar became the target of social media protests last month after the manager said he was fired because the owner believed the business had become “too dark.”

Josh Sutton, the former manager of Moosehead Saloon on Devine Street, said he received a text message from the owner saying that “whatever is happening to the crowd shift, I want it to stop now. It’s gone too far. I will bring in a entire need (new) staff if needed.”

In a followup conversation, the owner, Matt Shmanske, said the business was becoming “too dark,” Sutton told The State.

Shmanske, who also owns several other bars and restaurants in Columbia, did not respond to several requests for comment from The State.

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