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Too loud? Massimo’s responds to citizen complaint

Published 8:15am Thursday, May 1, 2014

Petition of support offered at Niles restaurant

Is Massimo’s Backside Bar in downtown Niles making too much noise during its weekly Saturday night concerts?

At least one person has come forward to say so this year.

Ric Huff, City of Niles Administrator, said the city council received a noise complaint from a citizen during its regular meeting April 14.

In response, the owner of Massimo’s — Cindy Cataldo — has started a petition asking for people’s support of the business and its concerts. The support sheet is at the restaurant, 20 E. Main St.

“I’m not trying to start a war,” Cataldo said. “I just want to solidify that what I am doing is good for the city and, hopefully, that I can continue doing it.

“I am trying to get people to Niles because I like seeing people down here eating and shopping.”

Huff said he met with Cataldo after receiving the complaint to discuss possibilities for reducing noise, such as speaker placement, volume adjustment and making certain concerts are over by midnight.

“The owner agreed to make every attempt to make some changes,” he said.

Since then, Huff said the city has received no more complaints related to Massimo’s to his knowledge.

Massimo’s added the Backside Bar to its pizzeria last year and began offering Saturday concerts outside in the patio area. They run from 8 p.m. to midnight and attract between 100 and 200 people each Saturday, according to Cataldo.

Huff said the business could legally operate until 2 a.m.

However, citizens hearing loud noises can report that their peace is being disturbed, causing police to take action in an attempt to mitigate the situation.

“It’s a different situation than we normally deal with,” Huff said. “The position right now is even though they can be open and entertain until 2 a.m., we are asking them to stop the music at midnight.”

Cataldo said she has no issue with stopping at midnight because they are doing that already. She is, however, worried she will some day be asked to stop the music at 10 p.m.

“It would definitely hurt our business,” she said. “I draw people from all over. Some come every Saturday. All I hear is thanks for doing this. Thanks for bringing this to Niles. People love to sit outside and listen to music.”

Cataldo said she has gathered about 160 signatures since last weekend. She plans to take the petition to city council.

Cataldo said city administration and city police have been good to work with through this situation.

 

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