Riverfront Bar and Grill in Peru was cited over the weekend for loud music – the night it was cleared to host live outdoor music for the first time at 11 p.m. – but the owner of the company said the quote had nothing to do with its outdoor music.
Zack Cinotto of Riverfront said the live music ended before the 11 p.m. deadline, and music playing at the company at 1525 Water St. was what triggered the complaint at 11:29 p.m.
Cinotto said he believed the noise level inside the business had been the same for weeks and there had been no complaints during that time. He said he believed the extra focus on his company being the first allowed in Peru to have music later led to scrutiny. The company did not receive a warning, Cinotto said, and if it had, it would have solved the noise problem.
Peru’s city council approved the extended request for live music at its regular June 6 meeting, allowing the Riverfront Bar and Grill to hold an outdoor show an hour beyond the city’s ordinance. The company agreed to stay within the city’s noise limit of 65 decibels.
Aldermen decided last month to deal with requests beyond city rules for outdoor music on a case-by-case basis through a special council-approved permit.
At the June 6 meeting, Police Chief Bob Pyszka warned there would be zero tolerance if live outdoor music continued after 11 p.m., but the citation was for a different issue, Cinotto said. .
Pyszka previously said his department will also have zero tolerance for any companies receiving special requests that go beyond its decibel level allowance. He said businesses that violate the city’s ordinance normally receive a warning, but those that receive special requests and violate these council allowances will receive a ticket.
Cinotto said Riverfront invested between $6,000 and $7,000 for an outdoor stage to minimize the impact of noise in his neighborhood.
In early April, Riverfront asked if it could extend the hours of live outdoor music an hour later than the 10 p.m. ordinance and raise the noise level to 85 decibels. The company reversed its earlier desire to increase decibel levels. City of Peru staff and aldermen said they met with Riverfront management and neighbors, believing there would be no problems.
Cinotto said he understood it was a resident who complained. He said he would like to continue hosting live music until 11 p.m. in the future through the city’s permitting process.