ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Magic City nightclub in Rochester's East End will reopen Friday, five weeks after voluntarily closing down following several violent incidents there, including a stabbing.
City leaders said the owner of Magic City has made security upgrades to the club, including metal detectors, driver's license scanners and the purchase of a security car to patrol parking lots.
"Unfortunately, there are only a couple bad people that sort of ruin it for a lot of others and there are a lot of wonderful people that come in to Magic City as well as travel the East End entertainment district, so for those few unfortunate people that have actually dampened the fun, we're looking forward to getting back started and being able to serve the rest of the people," said Magic City owner John Lombardi.
Del Smith, the commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, said the club has earned the right to reopen, and credited police and the East End Business and Neighborhood Association.
Lombardi estimated that some $20,000 was spent on adding the security upgrades.