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Business license revoked at Saginaw cafe

In Saginaw, the business license of Rita’s Southern Soul Food Cafe has been temporarily revoked, following a weekend disturbance. (Photo Credit: Joel Feick)

In Saginaw, the business license of Rita’s Southern Soul Food Cafe has been temporarily revoked, following a weekend disturbance.

A hearing was held Thursday to see if that should be permanent.

Saginaw Police Chief Robert Ruth says more than 60 gunshots were fired outside Rita’s early Sunday morning.

Some of those rounds broke Rita’s windows and one in the business next door.

No one was hurt or arrested.

The concert and party were hosted by a third party and featured hip hop artists.

A Facebook posting included a reference to alcohol, but Rita’s has no liquor license.

At a hearing on whether its business license should be reinstated, some people questioned why Rita should be responsible for what happens outside her cafe.

But others, including Saginaw’s Police Chief, feel it has become a safety concern in the heart of the business district.

"Why would my license be taken away, I had nothing to do with it,” said Rita Johnson.

The two-and-a-half-hour hearing also included an expletive-laden video by the man who hosted the party.

He hired 18 security officers for the event.

The chief says police was never notified.

The director of human resources for Saginaw, Dennis Jordan, who hosted the hearing will have the final say on whether it will be permanently revoked.

He expects a decision in less than two months.

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