San Jose moves to shut down nuisance Agave Bar & Grill

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Since December of 2020, the San José Police Department’s Vice Administrative Unit, has been investigating and monitoring illicit activities at the Agave Sports Bar located at 544 West Alma Avenue. This establishment has been the source of dozens of calls from residents and neighbors reporting various dangerous and illegal incidents. In addition, at the onset of the Covid pandemic, we received calls reporting that the bar was open and violating the stay-at-home orders.

The Vice Administrative Unit and our City Attorney’s Office worked together to close this business for being in violation of Chapter 1.13 of the San José Municipal Code, California Penal Code section 11225, and Civil Codes 3479-3480.

Since the beginning of this year, we have responded to calls involving fights, narcotics violations, and incidents involving weapons. Numerous arrests for drunk driving were also made on patrons leaving the location. Two of the most serious incidents involved a double shooting of two females and one traffic fatality that was caused by a driver engaging in sexual activity in the parking lot. In addition, during the investigation three females were arrested for engaging in prostitution.

Effective October 17, 2021, Agave Bar will cease operations. We want to thank our City Attorney’s Office for working tirelessly to have this nuisance business closed. City Attorney Nora Frimann said, “The purpose of the action was to address the serious safety and quality of life issues caused by this business. Agave’s closure is an appropriate resolution.”

Chief of Police Anthony Mata said, “I want to reassure our community that businesses like this one that engage in illegal and criminal activities will be looked into and investigated. The safety of our entire community is of great importance for this Department. I would like to thank the City Attorney’s Office for their efforts and assistance in ensuring that this business will no longer operate as well as all the Officers who worked long hours to ensure a thorough investigation.”

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