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Mayor Blasts Nightclub, Scene of New Year's Melee

Dan Drew has called for a meeting with the owner of Titanium and fire, police and health department heads to review violations brought to light after Sunday’s 250-person brawl.

Mayor Blasts Nightclub, Scene of New Year's Melee Mayor Blasts Nightclub, Scene of New Year's Melee Mayor Blasts Nightclub, Scene of New Year's Melee

The mayor has delivered a stern warning to the owner of a popular nightclub on Main Street following what police called a early on New Year’s Day which injured three and forced officers to call in the entire midnight shift.

“My basic feeling and the feeling of the city’s directors is we absolutely will not tolerate any establishment attracting or encouraging that type of unruly, violent and intoxicated crowd,” Mayor Dan Drew said.

“We are going to be extremely aggressive about making [] and any other establishment follow the law so that the public safety is not compromised,” Drew explained, “and the safety of our police and fire personnel is not compromised and so everyone in Middletown can enjoy the shops and amenities we have here.”

Drew has called for a meeting with the owner of Titanium, Gaetano Bramato, 22, and fire, police and health department heads to review violations brought to light after Sunday’s 250-person brawl.

Tuesday morning, the police chief called an emergency meeting with Drew, Fire Chief Ouellette, Sal Nesci of the Health Department, and Planning Conservation and Development heads.

In the incident, which took place at 2:40 a.m. police arrested a 19-year-old man for interfering with an officer, breach of peace, escape from custody, criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery.

Patrons were fighting and throwing beer bottles outside of the club while city officers were assisted by State Police and officers from Cromwell, Rocky Hill and Portland, the report said.

On Wednesday, Bramato and said he's taking steps, including installing ID scanners to ferret out underage patrons, to prevent any further trouble.

The mayor agreed with Acting Police Chief McKenna, who expressed regret that Middnight on Main, an alcohol-free celebration on New Year's Eve day and evening, was followed by such a large disturbance.

“There were no problems at Middnight on Main,” Drew said. “It was a family-friendly, affordable, highly diverse event showcasing the best that Middletown had to offer.” The Titanium fracas, Drew said, is an example of “what the city of Middletown absolutely will not tolerate.”

By immediately complying with the conditions of its permit granted by the city’s Planning and Zoning Board, Bramato can make amends, Drew said.

City officials are taking this situation very seriously.

“I want it to succeed, I want them to thrive,” Drew said. “It they adhere to the rules, then we won’t have a problem. The minute someone steers away from that, causing a public safety hazard, we will take immediate, swift and decisive action to stop.”

The mayor said the club has veered sharply away from its original application approved by the P&Z Commission, including the serving of food.

"There's actually nowhere to sit down," Drew said.

The club is open Wednesday to Saturday nights, according to its Facebook page, not seven days a week as its Planning and Zoning permit approval of March 2011 stated. A special exception for a bar and lounge was passed with the conditions including the permit could be revoked if there are three or more health, police, fire or liquor license violations.

The cafe liquor permit Titanium has from the state Liquor Control Commission allows the retail sale of alcoholic liquor to be consumed on the premises and it must regularly keep food available for sale to its customers for consumption on the premises.

An employee of Titanium, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the club has a full-service kitchen but food has not been served to patrons since its first month of operation.

On his application, Bramato wrote, “Titanium is going to be set up as a fusion café and lounge that will offer light fare and casual entertainment” and “low-key” entertainment such as comedy nights, acoustic guitarists and jazz bands.

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