Owner of Pete's Speaks about Stabbing Outside of His Nightclub
YAKIMA, Wa - Several downtown business located near Pete's complained to us off camera about violence outside the night club in the past.
Pete's owner says one person's actions should not take away what his business offers to the community.
"We pretty much disgusted and saddened by the events that transpired," says Pete Blue, owner of Pete's on North 2nd Street.
He says they had planned a talent search for all ages, but at 9pm last night, when underage customers had to leave, a fight started outside Pete's.
"The only place the blame can be placed is on the people who perpetrated these violent acts," says Blue.
But some business owners next to Pete's on 2nd Street disagree.
One business owner declined to go on camera, but blood stands on his brick storefront from six weeks ago. He says that was from a fight. He also says his windows have been broken from fights outside the nightclub.
"We like to talk about the positive rather than the negative. Sometimes people dwell on the negative," says Joe Mann who leases the building to Pete's. He says they have been a model tenants for seven years and it's easy to forget the positive impact Pete's has on downtown Yakima.
"I think it's a lot better to have a tenant than a Cascade of empty buildings."
But many other businesses want to see Pete's hire an off duty police officer to patrol outside the nightclub on busy nights.