City files papers to shut down East End club
Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 06:55 PM EDT
Rochester, N.Y. - The city of Rochester has filed legal papers Tuesday to shut down Captain’s Attic after recent violence in the East End.
The city cited Captain’s Attic for 26 serious violations, including shootings and fights.
One business in the area was hit by the most recent shooting near the club.
On Sunday night, a stray bullet went into the building of co-owner Mary Ellen Hill’s massage therapy office. The bullet went through the second floor window of the studio and hit a wall in one of the rooms.
Luckily, no one was inside at the time.
Hill said the club is a trouble spot that affects other businesses and makes people leery of coming downtown.
She also told 13WHAM that the bullet was one of two that were fired near the Captain’s Attic.
Owner of Temple Bar and Grill in the East End Mike O’Leary said he increased security, not because of problems, but because of the perception created by trouble at other clubs. He worries that everyone could lose business if things don’t change.
“Eventually the perception that it’s not a safe area will spill over and affect us all,” O’Leary said.
The city said that Captain’s Attic has ten days to request a hearing and can remain open until a decision is made on whether to shut it down.
The state liquor authority is also investigating and could take steps to revoke the club’s liquor license, which could shut it down sooner.