The Lodge Bar & Grill was shut down, at least temporarily, by the Buffalo Police Department at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, after a massive brawl broke out at the bar Monday morning.
The bar, located on 79 West Chippewa St, will not reopen until the bar comes up with a plan to address public officials’ safety concerns and requests a hearing, said Mayor Byron Brown.
“We expect the proprietor of the establishment to maintain order in their business,” Brown said. “If they don’t do that, and they are a bar or restaurant, they will be shut down.”
This is the eighth bar closure since the Brown took office in 2006.
Under city code, the mayor and the police commissioner have the right to immediately shut down any establishment where the public’s safety is at risk.
“We’ve done it in the past. We’ve demonstrated that we will do it, and it should send a very clear message,” Brown said.
The fight began in the bar and then spilled out onto Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue at about 3 a.m. Monday morning, eventually involving more than 150 people. Gunshots were fired during the melee.
No one was injured by gunfire but one man was hospitalized. One arrest has been made.