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by Jennifer Hoff

City council revokes Westfire Grille's liquor license


ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC DT) -- Breaking news from the Rochester City Council - for the first time, in at least 20 years, a Rochester restaurant's liquor license has been revoked. The Rochester city council made a unanimous decision tonight and will revoke Westfire Grille's liquor license as of 8pm Friday night.

Council member said public and private safety was their main concern.

Police testimony depicted violent fights outside the bar - that police say, have been escalating in the past six months.

Since January, police have been called to Westfire 20 times, 11 times to Aquarius, seven times to Rookies.

At Monday's special city council meeting, Westfire Manager David Sylvester said he was willing to make safety changes - such as eliminating theme nights like open mic night and hip hop night.

He also said he would stop using glassware and use only plastic cups.

Council members say, it's too little too late.

Sylvester was put on probation last June, but officers say he is no longer following the rules he and the city council agreed to at that time.

We tried to speak with Sylvester tonight, but he said, no comment.

The NewsCenter did speak with a Westfire waiter who says he's afraid the violent problems will just move to other area bars.

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