State Liquor Authority suspends Captain's Attic's liquor license

Updated: 07/11/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 1:29 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

An East End bar owner is very upset after learning the state pulled the plug on his liquor license. 

Captain’s Attic has been under scrutiny after a number of violent events there recently. Police have been called to the bar on Charlotte Street almost 250 times in the last year. Earlier this week, the Rochester Law Department filed a petition to try and force the club to close. On Friday, the New York State Liquor Authority revoked its liquor license.

News10NBC was the only news station at Captain’s Attic when police served the notice of the suspended liquor license. After they left, the owner came out to comment.

William Greene, owner of Captain’s Attic, said, “I just have one comment. This is a very troubled city with a lot of problems and good luck to East Avenue.”

On Friday afternoon, in an online video conference, the New York State Liquor Authority made some shocking claims. One of them was that owner, William Greene, has no regard for the safety of his patrons. The Rochester Police Department has been called to the club 248 times since it opened a year ago. The most recent one was this weekend.

Jamie Gallaghe, New York State Liquor Authority, said, “During this incident, a Rochester Police officer observed a suspect raise a semi-automatic weapon to chest height and fire five shots into a large crowd of Captain's Attic patrons, who were in the area at closing time. The same officer then heard three shots of return fire from what sounded like a handgun coming from his right.”

Some say that happened outside the bar, but there are other complaints about what happened inside.

News10NBC was there as Rochester Police served the notice. In it, security staff at Captain’s Attic told Rochester Police investigators that Greene told them if they called 911 they would be fired, adding if someone was injured on the job to go home, then call and lie about where it happened.

Gallaghe said, “The licensee has, according to the security personnel, openly stated to them that when he deems it necessary, he will delete footage from security cameras and openly lie to police saying the cameras are not recording.”

So when News10NBC saw Greene at the bar Friday afternoon, News10NBC asked him about these claims.

Greene said, “There is no proof of that, so have a good night.”

The owner feels he is being targeted and has hired a lawyer to fight the filings.

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