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East Ave. nightclub agrees to temporary closure

Rochester Business Journal
July 14, 2014

The Magic City nightclub on East Avenue will comply with Mayor Lovely Warren’s request to close, and will align itself with a city program that will allow it to reopen under strict guidelines, officials announced Monday.

The temporary closure began Monday and will last at least 30 days, officials said.

Delmonize Smith, Rochester’s commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development, will lead in developing recommendations, rules and consequences for the establishment, officials said.

The East End Business and Neighborhood Association, the Rochester Police Department, the city’s law department and representatives from East End clubs also will be involved, officials said.

“It’s my position that we can help Magic City develop a business model that is both safe and efficient,” Warren said in a statement. “The fact that the owners were willing to meet with us is promising, and we hope that they will follow through and continue to work with us.

“However, we realize that the situation going on at some of our nightclubs will not be handled by dealing with the nightclub owner. Therefore, as a city, we will be looking at other options that could help us continue in our quest to provide a vibrant nightlife to our community.”

Magic City’s decision comes three days after the New York State Liquor Authority suspended the license of Charlotte Street club Captain’s Attic.

“Most of the problems have been caused by a small number of club patrons,” Warren said. “We want a vibrant and safe nightlife in our city. We also want to be able to support businesses, but we cannot and will not tolerate violence. When incidents happen, we must step in.” 

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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