Magic City in Rochester's East End to voluntarily close

Updated: 07/14/2014 6:02 PM
Created: 07/14/2014 6:17 AM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

New developments in the city's battle to get a controversial night club in the East End to shut down. On Monday, the owner of Magic City agreed to temporarily shut down. This comes after several incidents of violence in or near that club.

The mayor gave the owner of Magic City the weekend to think over the city's request that the nightclub close down for at least 30 days. On Monday, the owner agreed.

Under pressure to take steps to curb the growing number of disturbances, the owner of Magic City nightclub in the East End bar district, agreed to a voluntary shut down. According to the mayor, effective today, the temporary closure will stay in effect for a minimum of 30 days while club owner Robert Monteneri takes part in a city-led program to work on a new business model that focuses on safety and security.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, "We will develop a plan that will help them operate effectively and efficiently, but also one that will invite patrons, both visiting our city and city residents, to come and be safe."

After meeting with the mayor Friday, Monteneri declined to answer questions about the city's concerns about his bar. 

Magic City has come under scrutiny after a number of disturbances. Most recently, a man was attacked with a razor inside the club earlier this month, suffering serious cuts to his upper body. The city will require Monteneri to take on a mentor from another East End business, allowing him to re-open after developing recommendations, strict rules and consequences.

But what happens if the owner fails to comply? 

Warren said, “We have some leverage here because of the license this particular owner is under. So we're hopeful and I think that they have stepped up and said we want to be good business owners. We want to be able to operate in an effective way." 

Last week, the mayor mentioned that other clubs might also be asked to temporarily close as well.   Asked Monday, she said only Magic City was requested to do so, but that the city will be doing an extensive review of clubs throughout the city.

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