Formerly The Money, Firewater 110 ends run

adouglas@heraldonline.comAugust 1, 2013 

Firewater, the Rock Hill nightclub located across the street from Winthrop University and formerly known as The Money, has closed.

2010 HERALD FILE PHOTO — JIM STRATAKOS

After three years of running Rock Hill’s oldest live music club, David Kiser has decided to close Firewater 110 – formerly called The Money – on Cherry Road.

He’s hoping to sell the business, Kiser said Tuesday, which was doing well financially when it closed earlier this month.

His reasons for walking away from the music club are personal, he said.

Kiser has a young son and works full time as an engineer.

“I just didn’t have the time for it anymore,” he said.

Running Firewater 110 across from Winthrop University was a “labor of love,” Kiser said, and it felt “like a hobby job.”

The stage at The Money was one of the first places Kiser played live in a band when he was younger.

After two years of owning The Money, he changed the name in July 2012 to Firewater 110.

The name change was needed, Kiser said, to “redefine the entity” which had a longstanding “good and bad history.”

The bar and live music venue started as Daddy’s Money in the 1960s. The name changed to The Money.

Besides the name change, Kiser tried to change parts of the club’s reputation, he said.

Nearly three years ago, The Money took a hit to its reputation, he said, when an attempted robbery in the parking lot turned deadly.

The suspects had nothing to do with The Money, Kiser said, and it wasn’t the fault of the owners at the time.

A member of a band that had just finished a show in the club was shot during the incident and when he fired back, one of the robbery suspects was killed.

Kiser fostered a good relationship with the Rock Hill Police Department, he said, which is reflected in reduced crime numbers over the past year.

Crime statistics provided by the police department show that police calls were cut in half during the time Kiser owned the venue as Firewater 110.

Owning his own music club – especially one he played in decades ago – was “like a dream come true,” Kiser said.

His other music club ventures include being part-owner of Amos’ Southend in Charlotte and the Music Farm in Charleston.

Kiser said he doesn’t blame bad business or anyone else for Firewater 110 closing; he just needs to spend more time with his family.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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