Rochester Police: License revoked for Plush Lounge

Updated: 12/03/2013 5:28 PM
Created: 12/03/2013 3:25 PM WHEC.com

It's been under scrutiny since an early morning shooting on Thanksgiving left four people hurt. News10NBC has learned that the conditional license of Plush Lounge on St. Paul Street has been revoked, meaning the bar will be closed until further notice.

Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard announced the decision Tuesday. He says the bar has violated certain parts of its conditional license, including issues with security staff and the number of violent incidents outside the bar.

Chief James Sheppard, Rochester Police, said, “For any number of establishments we have worked with all of them to keep them in business, but at the same time, if problems persist, sometimes we get to this point where a business is closed."

Besides the shooting on Thursday, police were also called to the area of Plush Lounge early Sunday morning after reports of shots fired and people fighting.

The chief says the nightclub can re-apply for a new conditional license, but the decision will also be up to the landlord to whether or not they want to renew the bar's lease.

Saint Paul Quarter Neighborhood Association released a statement saying, "Saint Paul Quarter Neighborhood Association is extremely thankful and pleased with the decision announced by Chief Sheppard this afternoon at his press conference. We would like to thank all who supported us and help work for this outcome. The neighborhood is breathing a collective sigh of relief as they contemplate an improved quality of life in downtown Rochester. The SPQNA is still working to meet with City officials to discuss the future of the neighborhood and ways to improve the quality of life of residents in the city of Rochester."


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