The Monarch files suit to remove neighbor
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Austin is experiencing some downtown growing pains, and complaints about living in the middle of the "Live Music Capital of the World" are now being hashed out in a Travis County court.
Since its September opening, Enzo Restaurant and Lounge at 801 West Fifth Street has been garnering complaints from neighbors. Now, The Monarch condominium has filed suit against the establishment, claiming loud music and public drunkenness are on the rise since Enzo opened its doors.
"We get large rowdy crowds of patrons from Enzo," said Ian Ingles, who lives directly across the street from the new restaurant.
"When you have residents and mixed businesses mixed together in a mixed use environment, it has to be livable," Ingles said.
Representatives from the Monarch refused to answer questions regarding the lawsuit filed against their neighbor.
According to the Austin Police Department, most of the calls coming from the area around the establishment are minor.
"It's basically noise, disturbance or parking issues," Senior Police Officer Cory Erhler said.
In fact, since May of this year, 19 noise complaints have come from the area around 801 West Fifth Street. Nine of those were about a single apartment unit. Ten calls were made against Enzo.
There is no record of Enzo receiving noise or code violations.
The owner of the lounge believes the new neighbors are overzealous when it comes to calling the cops.
"It's kind of frustrating at this point because we have all this pressure on us to basically solve a problem that is not really a problem."
Emmanuel Loo expresses the thoughts of officers frequently called to the area in question: "Everytime they come, they walk in the door. They're like ‘We're here one more time but we don't know what we're doing here because you're always in compliance.’"
Police say all areas downtown seem to be experiencing growing pains.
"You've got the Rainey Street which is residential and a business area," Senior Officer Erhler said. "Second Street District, same thing. They're mixed together so it's not a single spot, it's just the whole thing together, so we're gonna have to come up with a way to play nice with each other."
The trial is set for March of next year.