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ROCHESTER, Minn. - When you think of a bar fight you might picture an old western movie, but sometimes they become a reality.
One southern Minnesota city is doing their best to make sure less of those take place in their town.
Dave Loomis runs Big Brad's on Broadway in downtown Rochester and every once in a while someone will come in and start trouble, but luckily for him, there is a program in town that makes it easier for any local bar to keep those people out.
“We use it every day. I mean, it's become a very, very helpful tool to help us to recognize the people that you potentially don't want in your bar,” Loomis said.
It's called, SAFE BAR (Safe Adult Fun Entertainment Businesses Acting Responsibly) and about 35 Rochester establishments take part.
If someone comes in causing problems at one bar and gets trespassing penalties for a year, the same penalty is in effect for a year at all 35 locations.
The goal of the program is to make sure people are not getting kicked out of one bar and moving on to the next and so far it seems to be working.
“We have pictures that we get online and we can look at the pictures and determine who's on the safe bar list, who isn't on the safe bar list and then what we do is we act accordingly,” Loomis said.
It is all part of a big plan to make it fun and safe to be downtown and that is perfectly fine for those at the Rochester Downtown Alliance.
“We want to make a downtown that people want to live in, work in and play in and the only way we can do that is if we collaborate,” said Jon Eckhoff, Executive Director of RDA.
Despite the fact that these bars are competing for each other's business, they are working together for a common cause.
“The bars are very receptive to this idea that if a small percentage of their patrons are causing the majority of the problems, then we should eliminate that small percentage,” Eckhoff said.
If that means bars do not make money off of those patrons, it is okay because they are making it off of new ones.
“People are going to be more comfortable, they're going to come downtown and hopefully not have to deal with the people that are not so desirable,” Loomis said.
Loomis said it helps when the police are out actively issuing citations to the people causing problems, but like anything, he said there is still more that can be done to make this program flourish. One thing would be getting more bars involved.
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