Brownstone nightclub and town reach settlement agreement to temporarily close it

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – Operators of a struggling nightclub in Roselawn and city leaders reach a settlement deal that will instead temporarily close, clean up and then reopen with a new business plan .

City officials and police have opposed Brownstone’s renewal over “violence, unrest, drugs and persistent alcohol offenses,” city records show. They also canceled the police detail there.

Cincinnati city council was due to vote Wednesday on a recommendation from the Cincinnati Police Department against renewing the liquor license.

The vote was taken off the agenda once a settlement was reached, according to Deputy Mayor Christopher Smitherman’s office.

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The settlement will not prevent the city from investigating, charging and / or prosecuting any criminal offenses at Brownstone Coffee Lounge and Liquor Bar, according to a copy.

Now it is closed until at least October 1. When it reopens, it must close before 2:30 a.m. (police said it stays open until 4:30 a.m.) and its liquor license cannot be transferred without the consent of the city.

According to the regulations, any future violation of the liquor license and other offenses will require its operators to surrender the license to the state:

  • Illegal sale or supply of beer, wine or alcohol and excessive portion
  • Existence of drug-related activity (except for a drug trafficking offense where the city or an informant working at the request of the city requests to meet in Brownstone and a drug possession offense where an informant would be the defendant )
  • Violation of closing times
  • Failure to cooperate with law enforcement investigations

During the civil proceedings of such cases, the club should shut down if the city’s motion is delayed for more than 30 days.

Over the past five years at 7733 Reading Rd., City officials say there have been:

  • 267 service calls including 10 gunfire calls
  • 72 criminal offenses including 6 assault and 17 assault
  • 138 counts of criminal offenses including 51 counts of misconduct, 5 counts of weapons, 9 counts of assault, 12 counts of drugs, 9 counts of weapons, 5 resistance to arrest and 2 assaults against a police officer.

There has also been violence related to Brownstone’s “policy of serving after hours,” the city archives say:

  • 3 men shot dead after leaving Brownstone at 4 a.m. on December 30
  • 1 person “murdered” after his departure at 2:30 am on January 27
  • 8 of the 9 arrests for disorderly conduct since September 2018 took place after 2:30 a.m.
  • 2 rapes

Brownstone has seven cases of unpaid state taxes since 2016, is currently in state tax arrears and has not paid admission tax to the city in the past 30 months, or for the license of dance hall this year, depending on the city.

The company is also accused of owing the city $ 37,000 for police services.

Under the regulation, operators now require owners to pay the city for outstanding retail service charges and unpaid admission tax.

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