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Popular Providence bar re-opens after 5 stabbed, 1 hit by car outside establishment

A popular Providence bar, The Whiskey Republic, has re-opened as of Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, following an emergency two-day closure ordered by the city's board of licenses in response to an incident that sent six people to the hospital. (WJAR)

A popular Providence bar, The Whiskey Republic, has re-opened as of Tuesday following an emergency two-day closure ordered by the city's board of licenses in response to an incident that sent six people to the hospital.

Eric Brainsky, the attorney for the bar, told NBC 10 News that a review of the surveillance video from the bar shows no incidents inside Saturday night into Sunday morning that may have led to the incident in which five people were stabbed and another was hit by a car.

"Our people reviewed the video, and what I can tell you is that we don't see any incident occurring in the Whiskey Republic," Brainsky said.

The area is packed tight with other establishments, including the Hot Club and Tel Aviv. The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. -- after the Whiskey Republic was closed. Because it happened on the street just outside the doors of the Whiskey Republic, the investigation needs to start there and work its way out.

"My clients immediately addressed the issue by contacting the Providence Police Department and have been in touch with the detective and sergeants in charge of the investigation and we have been cooperating with them," Brainsky said.

Brainsky went on to note that the bar's management team and owners, which include members of the popular band, The Dropkick Murphys, are as concerned about this incident as anybody else and is focused on the safety of the city.

"We actually think that the Providence Licensing Board decision to kind of cool the situation, shut down for a couple of days...is in everyone's best interest. We want a safe community," Brainsky said.

The city noted that police are continuing their investigation and that some of the victims are still recovering in the hospital.

The bar has agreed to provide a police detail forFriday and Saturday night, and it will meet with the Board of Licenses again on Sept. 20.

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