Safety Concerns at Whiskey Bone's Roadhouse

Posted at: 03/25/2013 7:27 PM
By: Katie Eldred

Rochester city council members will have a special meeting to discuss violence at a well-known bar.

Council member Michael Wojcik says the city council will meet Friday to talk about the violence at Whiskey Bones Roadhouse.

Two fights broke out at the Rochester bar over the weekend. One ended with a shooting at another location the other involved 30 people.

The Rochester Police department says it's bad enough to get called to a bar once over the weekend, but twice.

"Two incidents in one weekend is certainly a concern of ours," said Captain Brian Winters.

The first incident started early Saturday morning at Whisky Bones when two men got into a fight. It ended outside a Rochester apartment building when a Rochester man was shot several times in the lower torso. His injuries are described as non-life threatening.

"The next night there was a large mela, that is the best way to describe it," said Cpt. Winters.

According to police more than 30 people were involved in the Sunday morning fight that ended with several people taken to the hospital for cuts from beer bottles.

"Certainly there will be extra patrols, but extra patrols at a bar are not the solution to problems at an establishment," said Cpt. Winters.

"I've talked with the chief of police and there are some things I'm very concerned about," said Council member Michael Wojcik.

Wojcik says they've tried to work with the bar before, but that the most recent incidents may be a sign more action is needed. Such as repealing the bars liquor license like they have done to other bars in the past.

"I can't emphasize enough a liquor license is a privilege not a right, with a license comes responsibility and we don't need to have to tolerate it," said Wojcik.

Wojcik worked to get a special meeting called to address the problem even if no action is needed.

"Maybe the fact is that they are running a good business and are victims to circumstance, but we have an obligation to review it before this weekend," said Wojcik.

Police are still investigating the two incidents and are hoping to work with management to prevent another weekend like the last.

"If management is willing to work with us to reduce the problems at this establishment, we would do that with any bar," said Cpt. Winters.

The special meeting is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. No official action will be taken.