BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The last call has been sounded on a six-month loophole that allowed under-age patrons in Chippewa bars on Thursday nights. But is one of the bars now violating the law?
A post on Lux nightclub's Facebook page went viral Wednesday and users of the social networking site went into a commotion. Lux said it would continue to allow 18-and-up patrons on Thursday nights, despite the fact that city laws prohibit the under-21 crowd in Entertainment District bars.
A six-month ordinance allowing "co-mingling" expired Tuesday, putting an end to "College Night" on the Chip Strip.
News 4 called Lux Thursday, looking for the owners. We wanted to ask them about their plans. They never called us back. But after our call, the Facebook post disappeared. However, a flyer touting their 18+ Thursday nights is still up on their website.
City Councilmember Darius Pridgen tells News 4 if any club owners wanted to keep the co-mingling ordinance going, all they had to do was ask.
"They're the ones who helped craft it. And then, at the end of the day, they are the ones who could have pushed to change it or extend the co-mingling," Rev. Pridgen said. "In six months, I was not contacted until the day before it sunset, by one club owner. And... that club owner simply asked me, 'What did it mean now?'"
Buffalo Police will be patrolling Chippewa Street and the surrounding area Thursday night, since this is the first week that co-mingling is not allowed.
"So we'll see what happens. But I'm believing it's a rumor. I'm hoping it's a rumor. And I'm hoping we don't have responsible business owners acting irresponsibly," Rev. Pridgen warned.
When News 4 was on Chippewa Thursday night, Lux was turning away patrons under the age of 21. Though the bar has apparently backed down from their plan, they are circulating a petition in an effort to get "College Night" restored.
The bar's events manager issued this statement early Friday morning.
"LUX takes pride in putting on the highest quality of events, shows and entertainment. After reading the new law, we believed that we were free to operate as 18+, since we were going to be providing live entertainment at our event and we provide a variety of events at our facility. LUX is not only a nightclub but a full entertainment venue as we have hosted basketball tournaments, shows, kickboxing events, corporate banquets and more. After talking with the city, we were informed our live entertainment would not permit an 18+ designation, and we immediately made our event 21+. LUX does not support the 18+ ban but it was our priority and always will be, to follow the laws to the fullest and abide by guidelines set forth." -- Timothy Walton Marketing/Events Manager LUX Buffalo
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