“Galla Park is redefining dining and entertainment in Cincinnati banks,” states the bar’s website. On November 29, 2020, a major brawl among its patrons forced the Cincinnati Police to shut down all of Joe Nuxhall Way.
The city of Cincinnati is now hoping the company will be declared a public nuisance by 2022 and locked with a padlock, according to a complaint filed in Hamilton County on Tuesday morning.
The complaint says that in the months before and after the road clearance, police responded to attacks near Galla Park; Monitoring of the armed violence threat; Find treatment for over-served clients who passed out on the sidewalk; and prosecution of workers in Galla Park for caring for underage patrons.
In one case, a patron drank so much that police found they were vomiting and bleeding from their mouths outside the bar, unable to tell officers what had happened to them. An employee at the bar told police that manager Michael Mercer, who is personally named in the complaint, had instructed him to take the patron outside.
Officers warned owner Mercer on March 16, 2021 that he could lose his business if the chaos continues.
According to the city’s complaint, it was resumed within a week. On March 18, a drunk patron started a fight after being kicked out of the bar. On March 21, officials discovered a bartender serving beer to an underage customer.
The city’s complaint argues that Galla Park’s management was ruthless in running the business and that the bar itself “caused the damage in the city, including increased police, emergency and reconciliation costs of criminal and harassing activities “.
The complaint includes a year-long closure of Galla Park and fines for its owners.
Galla Park opened at the banks in 2018. At the time, Mercer promised fine dining in an iconic location for the city.
“We’re based in Cincinnati and we realize how special this corner (Joe Nuxhall) is and what it takes to resonate with the local customer,” he said.