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Friday, August 2, 2013

Judge shuts down South Side Bar at D.A.'s request

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

If you’re heading to the South Side this weekend, you might want to cross Levelz Sports Bar on East Carson Street off your bar-crawl list.

The locks at the establishment, located at 1825 East Carson St., will be changed at 3:30 p.m. today by the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department, and the bar will remain closed for at least the next five days. A hearing on whether or not to permanently close the establishment will be held Aug. 16.

Until then, according to the release, "It is the intention of our office to enter into negotiations with counsel for the owners that will result in the permanent closing of the bar and a permanent transfer of the liquor license to an unrelated person or entity."

According to a press release from District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., the district attorney’s office met with the club’s owners Friday morning “in an effort to avoid court action, however the meeting was not productive."

The move follows a stabbing inside the bar July 27 and what the D.A.’s office describes as “a long list of police calls involving the bar over the past 18 months.” That list can be found in the request for injunction here.

The full release is below:

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE OBTAINS INJUNCTION TO SHUT DOWN SOUTH SIDE BAR

Pittsburgh PA —— Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced today that an injunction has been obtained to shut down the East Carson Street bar known as “Levelz.”

Today’s action follows the July 27, 2013 stabbing of two individuals inside of the bar, the latest in a long list of police calls involving the bar over the past 18 months. Since the incident last weekend, the District Attorney’s Office has been meeting with City of Pittsburgh Police Officials and various South Side community and neighborhood groups to formulate a plan to deal with the establishment. This morning a meeting was held with the owners of the bar in an effort to avoid court action, however the meeting was not productive.

Early this afternoon, the District Attorney’s office was able to secure an emergency injunction which will shut down “Levelz.” As that injunction was being signed, counsel for the owners of the bar contacted our office asking to continue the dialogue with our office concerning the future of the bar. It is the intention of our office to enter into negotiations with counsel for the owners that will result in the permanent closing of the bar and a permanent transfer of the liquor license to an unrelated person or entity.

“Throughout the course of my administration, I have always held the position that quality of life and public safety are paramount when dealing with the operation of drinking establishments,” said District Attorney Zappala. “The vast majority of residents and business owners on the South Side are responsible individuals who are proud of their neighborhood and I appreciate the input they gave my office leading up to today.”

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