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City waits on East End bar
Rochester, N.Y. The owner of Magic City on East will tell city leaders if he plans on closing voluntarily or remaining open on Monday.
Saturday night, the club opened as usual.
The Captain's Attic Restaurant and Bar was shut down earlier this week. The city has taken action after numerous complaints and violent incidents.
Last weekend, a man was stabbed inside the club. Just a month ago, two men were shot outside.
There's only so much you can do by shutting down one place, said Kaylee Wold who lives on the East End, rather than addressing the initial issue, which is the tendencies of people to have those violent behaviors.
Evan Johnson who frequents the East End establishments said, There's a lot of people out here drinking and partying, I mean this is where everyone congregates for that sort of thing. So, naturally, you're going to see fights and violent behavior.
On Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren brought up the idea of a mentor program to maintain good business on the East End. She said the idea is to have established bars work with others that have concerns of safety.
Senior Assistant General Manager of MacGregors, Nick Alaimo said, It's really about developing regulars who come in here, and with our security guards, they're not just security guards, they're our customer service security guards. They actually care about the customers, the restaurant and the store.
Alaimo told 13WHAM on their busiest nights they have nearly 350 patrons, but they havent had any major issues since they opened nearly four years ago.
If they're belligerent, if they're acting not accordingly, the way we want them to act, then we have no problem asking them to leave because we know there's a line of 50 people waiting to come and still spend their money, said Alaimo.
Alaimo said the owner of MacGregors who have to decide if the bar was interested in participating in a mentor program.
Mayor Warren also said on Friday, if Magic City accepts the offer, the city will work with them to try and develop a model that is successful.