Community shuts down Casa Romana Bar

Weeks after they demanded that the Casa Romana Bar be shut down, City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley and neighbors joined to mark its official closure in Sunnyside on Friday, October 15.
“The closure of Casa Romana sends a powerful message to those establishments that are reckless and threaten the public’s safety,” Van Bramer said. “Less than a month ago we stood here as a community united to protect our neighborhood against a rogue business and today we celebrate its closure.”
Last month, the bar was the site of a bloody fight when a “Teen Night” hosted by the establishment went wrong, resulting in the stabbings of two minors and a total of 14 arrests, including the owners.
“Our wonderful community has no tolerance for an unscrupulous profiteer who wants to exploit underage teens,” Nolan said. “I am grateful to the 108th Precinct for their outstanding professionalism in closing this racket down.”
According to the New York Police Department, they were able to close the establishment for nuisance abatement based on previous arrests for disorderly conduct on the premise and for serving alcohol to minors.
“Shutting this business down is a message to unscrupulous businesses who negatively affect the quality of life in our community,” Conley said. “We will be vigilant and we will not rest if you think you are above the law and you negatively impact our community.”
Currently, the doors of Casa Romana have signs posted that state that they have been closed by a court order for alcoholic beverage control violations. The Queens County Supreme Court will decide the future for Casa Romana in an upcoming hearing, but for now local elected officials and residents are celebrating a major community victory.
“I am glad that the Queens community was able to shut down Casa Romana Bar,” said Julio Enriquez, a Sunnyside resident. “Now I can rest assured knowing that my children are safe!”

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