Looker's Showclub Owner Agrees to Exit Syracuse

Published on February 01, 2024

Mayor Walsh says agreement is a win for northside neighborhood that suffered from Looker’s violations of city permits and a court order

State Supreme Court Judge Rory McMahon today ordered a stipulation that prevents the owner of Looker’s Showclub from ever being associated with an entertainment, alcohol or cannabis business in the City of Syracuse. Under the stipulation, Kevin Quinn, owner of the 1400 North Salina Street club, must also pay a $1,000 fine to the City.

The agreement concludes a Supreme Court action brought by the City in March 2023 against Quinn and Looker’s after a series of late-night crimes and longstanding complaints by neighbors. The City presented evidence to the Court that Lookers repeatedly violated the special use permit by operating on Sundays and after 2 a.m. on other days of the week. The City demonstrated to the Court that Lookers had consistently ignored a court order requiring the club to abide by the hours in its permit.

In September, Judge McMahon revoked Looker’s permit and said Quinn and Lookers must cease operations as a restaurant with live entertainment. The stipulation ended the need for the evidentiary hearing on the criminal contempt charge scheduled to be heard today. 

“This is a win for the northside neighborhood that suffered from Looker’s repeated violations of both city permits and Judge McMahon’s order,” said Mayor Walsh. “Syracuse welcomes businesses and investment that serve the community, create jobs and strengthen our neighborhoods. We won’t tolerate bad owners who show disregard for their neighbors and harm public safety.”