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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Buffa's and Sidney Torres heading back to court

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

click to enlarge Following the end of a 60-day compromise to limit performances and install soundproofing at the bar, Buffa's owners and neighbor Sidney Torres meet again in court next week.
  • Following the end of a 60-day compromise to limit performances and install soundproofing at the bar, Buffa's owners and neighbor Sidney Torres meet again in court next week.

The owners of Buffa's Bar & Restaurant and their neighbor, Sidney Torres, reached a compromise this summer following Torres' lawsuit that alleged the bar's music exceeds the city's noise ordinance and has damaged his property.

Beginning Aug. 4, the parties agreed to some changes at the bar, with the promise that the parties meet again at Orleans Civil District Court at the end of the 60-day arrangement. Torres and the bar owners will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Under the agreement, Buffa's limited its music to five days a week, with limited hours on other days of the week. Owner Chuck Rogers also installed sound curtains and other sound dampening measures. Rogers adapted the bar's music schedule: no live music on Mondays and Tuesdays; music ends at 9 p.m. Wednesdays; music ends at 9 p.m. Thursdays, or 11 p.m. with sound dampening installed (and only with a duo with no drums or amplified instruments except vocals); and on Fridays and Saturdays, the music ends at 11 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Rogers also had sound measurements taken, and with the sound dampening in place, he hopes to open with the regular schedule — Torres, however, says otherwise.

Torres (whose SDT Waste and Debris championed the French Quarter's trash pickup, street cleaning and city recycling services), argues in his suit that music at the bar not only exceeds the city's sound ordinance but has damaged his property at 1011 Esplanade Ave., which neighbors the bar. The suit also names the City of New Orleans, which Torres alleges improperly gave the bar a permit in 2012 to host live music.

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