Great place to hang out – and possibly get killed!

Charges have been filed against the owners of FIXX in Red Bank following a couple of massive brawls that involved police from Red Bank as well as surrounding communities.

Bars and clubs are known, in some cases, to have checkered pasts, especially given the clientele. For instance Ewing’s Club 88 has always been a known trouble spot – with shootings occurring fairly regularly. Even a name change didn’t help matters.

Club Bene in Sayerville has also had its share of incidents.

But this one takes the cake!

Caution: the video and language therein are graphic.

As you can see, not quite the peace loving crowd.

After two massive brawls outside a Red Bank nightclub in recent weeks, borough officials are bringing charges against the establishment.

At a Wednesday night Borough Council meeting, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said the recent fights, which involved hundreds of people at FIXX, a West Front Street club, merited the charges.

On Sunday morning, between 200 to 250 people emptied into the street in front of FIXX at around 1:30 a.m., breaking out in dozens of fights, Capt. Darren McConnell said.

Officers from more than 10 agencies, as far away as Keyport and Long Branch, responded to help break up the scuffles, McConnell said.

Although some injuries were observed in the crowd, none were reported, and no arrests were made, McConnell said. (Say WHAT?)

The fights took about 30 minutes to break up and clear the area, during which time Front Street in front of FIXX was closed because of the amount of people and police cars, McConnell said.

Tony Busch lives next door to FIXX at 38 West Front Street.

“There’s five families in our building and it’s really getting out of control,” Busch said. “What is going on is tantamount to a terrorist attack. Every Saturday night there’s a group that terrorizes Red Bank. They go to FIXX with the idea of rumbling and having a great time, and it is getting worse by the day.”

As a result of the borough’s actions, FIXX could have its liquor license suspend for 10 to 20 days for each of the two charges.

Menna said Red Bank is doing everything in its power to address the incidents at the club.

“What we can do legally is what we have done,” Menna said. “The additional caveat is I can assure you and assure the residents that not only the Police department, but the Fire Marshall’s office is monitoring the situation very closely and with a high degree of sensitivity from a public standpoint. We couldn’t have acted any faster.”


BC spokesman Zach Hosseini said they do not confirm or deny ongoing investigations. 

“We’ve had more serious incidents at that bar than we have had at other bars in recent years,” McConnell said.

Two weeks ago, authorities had to break up another brawl outside the bar that left three people and two police officers injured, McConnell said.

In that incident, McConnell said Red Bank police did not request help from outside agencies, but three people were arrested.

“It was still significant that there were so many injuries,” McConnell said.

Busch said the melees at the club are taking a toll on its neighbors.

Busch called for the club’s closure.
“I want the club closed, it has to be closed before it gets any worse,” Busch said. “If there’s a fatality in that situation, then it’s too late.”

The fights come just a few months after the city lifted restrictions on the establishment’s liquor license. Up until June, FIXX was required to turn off audio or live music at 1:30 a.m., close doors and windows when the music was one, have private security on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, have security outside the bar until the crowd dispersed – even if it was after closing time, security had to be in uniform or identifiable as security and anyone who was ejected from or arrested at the bar had to be put on a banned list and were not allowed to return, McConnell said.

Menna said re-imposing those restrictions is possible in the future.

Hey Pasquale, how about just closing the club, period. You’re jeopardizing the safety of the club’s neighbors, not to mention the community at large.

And besides, after watching that video, how is it that there were NO ARRESTS?

You had two brawls that we know of. Care to go for a third?