BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Lodge Bar and Restaurant on Chippewa Street is back open Tuesday. The City of Buffalo shutdown the bar last week, after a party took a violent turn on the street. Customers can return to The Lodge, but with some new rules. City leaders say the late-night parties there will have to change. A large fight broke out on the street earlier this month. At one point, gun shots were fired.
Mayor Byron Brown says The Lodge will now have to close every night at 11 P.M. and no third party promoter events will be allowed. These restrictions will remain in place for 60 days. The city’s legal team will be monitoring the operations during that time. After that point,the city will see whether they will lift these restrictions. This all stems from a fight that broke out outside the bar last Sunday evening.
The Lodge was hosting a promoter party where everyone wore all white. More then 150 people spilled out onto Chippewa and Delaware Street, and a fight broke out. At one point shots were fired. Police say there were known gang members who entered the bar that night.
Mayor Byron Brown cited a chapter in the city code that allows the city to close businesses that don’t preserve “peace and good order.” Leaders say there is a no tolerance policy for this kind of violence. As of yesterday the Attorneys’ from both parties met and negotiations were underway.
Mayor Byron Brown (D)- Buffalo said, ‘This was the first incident of this type involving The Lodge, and that’s why they are being allowed to reopen by the city. I think our actions over the years have sent a very clear message to establishments in the city that behavior that threatens the health and safety of this community will not be tolerated.”
After that promoter party, one person was taken to the hospital, and another was taken into custody, but no one was shot there.
Brown says there were 8 other instances where the city shut down businesses but they were not allowed to reopen. We reached out to General Manager of The Lodge, Matthew Krupp. He released this statement saying, “”We reached an agreement with the city and are thrilled to be open again.”