Court orders eviction of live music venue, causing business closing

A popular live music venue in Riverside has shutdown due to a court order.

Oddbody’s Music Room and its owner, Blue Nile Entertainment LLC, are both named as defendants in a case filed in Montgomery County Municipal Court.

They are ordered “to vacant the premises” at 5418 Burkhardt Road by 8 a.m. April 27, according to a court filing signed by Judge William C. Cox and obtained by Dayton Daily News Friday afternoon.

The document filed April 14 grants the plaintiff “restitution of the premises and to recover costs.”

It also states, “should the defendant not vacate, all furniture/property found upon the premises shall be considered abandoned and disposed of.”

A man answering the phone number listed on Oddbody’s Facebook page declined to comment or identify himself Friday afternoon, other than to say “we’re just in a transition.”

Eviction proceeding were initiated by the property owner, and Oddbody’s had been the subject of a nuisance complaint filed this year by the city, Riverside Mayor Pete Williams said.

“I know that in the last couple of weeks it has been on our radar,” Williams said of the activity at that address. “And we’ve been trying to figure out how to get some better compliance out of those folks.”

This news organization has requested complaints filed by the city involving Oddbody’s address.

The property occupied by Oddbody’s at Spin-Kemp Shopping Center is owned by Impala Capital LLC, according Montgomery County land records and the notice at the business. The registration for Impala filed in Ohio lists Mike Zhang of California as its contact.

Reached Friday, Zhang declined to comment on Oddbody’s status, citing “an ongoing process.”

The property owner boarded the doors of the business Thursday with the help of Riverside police, Williams said.

The city of Riverside opposed a renewal of a liquor permit for Oddbody’s in 2020. Riverside city council members said at that time they were concerned with complaints the city has received about the bar.

The site occupied by Oddbody’s has been a favorite night spot in Riverside for decades. It previously housed McGuffy’s House of Rock, which closed in 2014, Dayton Daily News records show.

That business opened in 1981 as McGuffy’s House of Draft. Prior to McGuffy’s, the tenant was Jimbo’s, a restaurant/bar.

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