City of Buffalo temporarily shuts down The Lodge following brawl on Chippewa
The City of Buffalo has temporarily shut down a Chippewa Street bar that was the scene of violence last weekend. A fight broke out and gunshots were fired early Monday morning outside The Lodge Bar & Grill, a popular nightclub near the intersection of Chippewa and Delaware Avenue. Buffalo Police say known gang members were at the bar at the time for a party held by an outside promoter. The person who fired those shots has not been identified. No one was injured at the time.
Mayor Byron Brown says the bar failed to maintain public order.
"They did not do their due diligence in terms of the patrons that were let in [and] how the patrons were let in, and that created a situation where people's safety was affected," Brown said at a news briefing in front of City Hall Wednesday afternoon.
"We will not tolerate this kind of behavior and we will take this kind of action when businesses have incidents that affect public health and safety."
The owners of The Lodge will be given a hearing where they will be allowed to present a plan to address the situation. The bar may then be allowed to reopen.
"It should send a very clear message to these establishments to monitor their premises, to monitor their patrons and to make sure that they don't do anything or allow any behavior that's going to affect the health and safety of the public," Brown added.
The city has taken similar actions on eight other occasions.