Nightclub padlocked after being declared public nuisance - WKRN News 2

Nightclub padlocked after being declared public nuisance

Posted: Updated: Aug 3, 2011 04:16 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro police closed a popular nightclub in south Nashville on Wednesday afternoon due to it being a persistent site of fighting, quarreling, assaults and breaches of peace.

Officers padlocked the doors to Rado's, formerly Silverado's, located at 1204 Murfreesboro Pike, just past Briley Parkway after Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn declared the dance hall a public nuisance.

The order prohibits the operators of the bar, Paul Louis Eichel, and the property owners of record, Edward G. Cook and Nancy B. Cook, from entering the premises until a hearing is held.

A sign was placed on the door notifying customers of the closure.

Since the start of 2011, three shootings have occurred at the nightspot.

Most recently, on July 4 when Nicholas Stone opened fire inside the club injuring two victims.

In January, one person was injured following a report of a fight inside the club before gunshots was fired, while two others were injured in a shooting incident that occurred in April.

"The recent history at Silverado's clearly indicates that it is time to get the attention of the owners and operators through the court system," District Attorney Torry Johnson said, adding, "Businesses such as this are expected to operate responsibly, safely, and take into account any impact that they may be having on their neighbors."

Before padlocking the doors, Metro police had indicated they would take action against bars and nightclubs with repeat violent occurrences.

"What that's [going] do is allow us to utilize that manpower that we've had to focus here, back to other area businesses  to do proactive work and preventive crime, as well as getting our officers back in tot he neighborhood which is where we want them to be," Commander Michele Donegan said.

Chief Steve Anderson added, "For far too long, Hermitage Precinct officers have had to implement strategies in an effort to control and interdict illegal activities coming from this property. I emphasize that seeking a padlocking order against a business is a last resort and not something we take lightly."

In June, nearby Out of Bounds was shut down after several fights at the sports bar, including one that left one man dead.

The sports grill has since been allowed to reopen after adhering to changes mandated by police.

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