Magic City in Rochester's East End to re-open

Updated: 08/21/2014 5:23 PM
Created: 08/21/2014 1:03 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

Magic City in Rochester’s East End neighborhood is re-opening after being temporarily shut down after some violence there.

Bar Operator John Lombardi tells News10NBC they are eager to open back up and that the biggest change you'll see is heightened security. He said, “The security plan is what we needed to revamp.”

New changes are visible once you walk inside Magic City. Additions include a new airport-style metal detector, after that, another hand-held metal detector and then a pat down from security guards. Lombardi said, “(Then we have) a very, very high-end computer system that's going to scan all the identification cards.” That means there will be a record of everyone who walks inside Magic City.

The club unveiled the new security plan after it was shut down last month by the City.

Commissioner Del Smith announced Thursday the bar has met all the requirements to reopen. Rochester Police did the final walk through this morning and then came the green light under one condition. Smith said, “We have to make sure that we don't have continued incidents of issues where people are not safe in our environment and so they recognize that.”

Magic City came under scrutiny after a rash of violence including a shooting that happened in a nearby parking lot back in June. In July, a suspect attacked a customer with a razor but Lombardi says a troubled past doesn't mean the bar can't thrive and says improvements like these prove it. "Wonderful to be able to work with the City, the Mayor's office and the Rochester Police Department on devising and revamping a plan to make Magic City successful and make it a vibrant source of entertainment in the East End district.”

Aside from cleaning, the bar operator tells us Magic City is all set to welcome its patrons back Friday night when the doors open at 10 p.m.


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