Updated: 08/15/2014 5:38 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 5:14 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Magic City in Rochester’s East End remains closed today but there is a chance the club will re-open by next weekend. It all depends on whether the City believes the owner has done everything possible to prevent future disturbances.
Under pressure to take steps to curb the growing number of violent disturbances, the owner of Magic City nightclub agreed to shut down for a minimum of 30 days. Now that a month has passed, we wanted to know what the future holds for the troubled bar.
The mayor says owner Bob Montineri has been actively taking part in a City-led program to work on a new business model that focuses on safety and security. Mayor Lovely Warren said, “They looked at their security plan and how they deliver security services, their staffing plan, how they bring people into the nightclub."
But before Magic City can re-open, the City has to sign off on a memorandum of understanding. Warren said, “I will be reviewing that the early part of next week, sitting down and making sure that the business owners understand what our expectations of them are and what the community expectations are."
Magic City came under scrutiny after a number of incidents. In June, Rochester Police say two men were shot in a nearby parking lot after exiting the club and last month, according to police, a patron was attacked with a razor, suffering serious cuts to his upper body.
The East End Business and Neighborhood Association has been providing input during the mentoring process. Association President John Billone, though, says he believes there are still some issues about accountability that need to be clarified. “One would like to believe that the desire and the intent and the objective is there to maintain a safe neighborhood and a safe establishment. All I can say is I'm looking at what previously happened."
We tried to reach out to Monteneri today at his home but we were told he would not be commenting.
Even if everyone signs off on his new business plan as early as Monday, there's no telling exactly when he might re-open. Much of that may depend on what he's required to do first from the stand-point of hiring staff or purchasing additional security equipment.