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Lodge on Chippewa allowed to reopen after fight

The Lodge Bar & Grill is being allowed to reopen Tuesday, with conditions, under an agreement reached with the city that will be reviewed in 60 days, Mayor Byron W. Brown said.

That agreement requires the Lodge to have an 11 p.m. closing time, and prohibits the bar from having events organized by third-party promoters during the 60-day period, Brown said.

The Lodge operation will be reviewed in 60 days, when the city will decide if the restrictions will be lifted, or continue, Brown said.

“After being closed nearly a week, and after negotiations with the city law department and attorneys for the Lodge, the city is allowing the establishment to reopen today with conditions,” the mayor said Tuesday afternoon.

The Lodge, located at 79 West Chippewa St., was shut down last Wednesday after a massive brawl broke out at the bar in the early morning hours on June 20, during an event that Brown said was sponsored by a third-party promoter.

The fight 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 was made.

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 last week.