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Police Crack Down on Riviera Restaurant

Riveria Steak House via LoopnetBy Dave Zornow

Nyack, October 10 — For the third time this year and the second time in the past week week, police made arrests at the Riviera Restaurant at the foot of Main Street in Nyack early Saturday morning. Officers from Orangetown, South Nyack and Piermont were joined by NY State Troopers to make three arrests for fighting and another for possession of marijuana.

On October 3, Orangetown Police arrested a Haverstraw man after shots were fired at the bar after patrons were robbed of money and jewelry in the parking lot. On January 29, a fight at the Riveria resulted in two arrests and an officer being sent to the hospital with shards of glass in his eye.

Last week prior to the most recent incident, Orangetown Police and Village of Nyack officials met with neighborhood residents and promised greater enforcement of noise and alcohol regulations. Over the past 18 months neighbors have complained about excessive noise, and also about violent disruptions stemming from the Riviera bar, which is directly across from the Clermont.

Despite last week’s incidents, conversations between village officials and the restaurant owner, a personal visit to the restaurant manager from a police lieutenant at 11p on Friday night, and a police presence in the parking lot early Saturday morning, a 3a brawl broke out in the bar which spilled into the streets outside the restaurant resulting in three arrests and minor injuries to an Orangetown Police officer. A 24 year old Spring Valley man was arrested earlier in the morning for possession of marijuana, police say.

According to the Journal News, police will a 26 page complaint with NYS Alcohol Beverage Control officials regarding the incidents this week.

“The Village of Nyack has zero tolerance for this kind of hooliganism anywhere in the village,’€ says Nyack Mayor Richard Kavesh. ‘€œWorking with the police, we will do everything necessary to protect our law-abiding residents, visitors, and businesses,’€ he said.

Clermont residents, who have repeatedly raised concerns about the Riviera over the last 18 months, expressed thanks for the extra attention. “The mayor, Orangetown Police Chief Chief Kevin Nulty and several other county and state officials told us they would keep a close eye on the situation,’€ said one resident. “Although we’re terribly upset about what is happening at the Riviera Bar, we were really happy about our officials’ responsiveness.”

Acording to the website, the Riviera Restaurant property is up for sale at an asking price of just under $1 million.

See also: Journal News, 10/9/2010

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