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City of Rochester Continues to Put Pressure on Captain's Attic Nightclub

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Rochester: City of Rochester Continues to Put Pressure on Captain's Attic Nightclub
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A nightclub in Rochester's East End that has come under the scrutiny of City Hall remains open, but a parking lot near Captain's Attic has been fenced off and there’s now also a police camera set up.

Mayor Lovely Warren said the nightclub on Charlotte Street has racked up enough points to be considered a public nuisance, and the club’s owner has been hit with a court order requesting it close. The business owner has 10 days to respond.

Warren said the newest safety measures were put in place for people who have concerns about the violence in the East End. She said the measures were scheduled to be put in place well before the court order was filed.

In addition to this court order, the chief of police has revoked the club’s entertainment license.

Also in the area is another night club that the city wants to shut down, albeit temporarily. Warren said she and members of City Council plan to meet with the owner of Magic City.

This all stems from a string of incidents in the area. Last weekend, a man was cut inside Magic City following an argument. In June, a double shooting happened outside the same night club in a parking lot.

"We'll talk about what options are available to them and the safety of its patrons that attend their club and the people that are frequenting their bar but also the area and we will see what we can do to alleviate people's concerns," said Mayor Warren, D-Rochester.

The East Avenue Business and Neighborhood Association held a special meeting earlier this week to address their public safety concerns. The association’s president said the rash of shootings and stabbings has been bad for business.

The owner of Captain Attic’s hasn't responded to the court orders, but the mayor expects a response within the allotted 10-day timeframe.

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