A problem bar in the Buffalo entertainment district has been shut down, effective immediately. The move comes after a fight at Social Nightclub early New Year's Day led to a shooting. YNN's Katie Cummings spoke with city officials and patrons on the closure.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A sign posted on the door of Social Nightclub tells it all – revocation of liquor license. Mayor Byron Brown said Friday that the State Liquor Authority took away its license.
Brown asked Buffalo police and the city law office to look into closing the Franklin Street bar after a shooting on New Year’s Day morning.
"Crime and violence will not be tolerated in the downtown entertainment district or any other establishment anywhere else in the City of Buffalo," said Brown.
The City says a packet of documents to the Liquor Authority citing incidents of underage drinking, commingling, and violence at Social. This is the third bar in the entertainment district to be closed in the past year.
"In the case of Barcelona, you had a stabbing within the club. In the case of the Big Bad Wolf, you had shootings just outside the club with incidents originating inside and in the case of Social, you had a shooting outside the club after a fight inside," said Tim Ball, Corporation Counsel.
Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says patrons should be able to safely enjoy themselves.
“Clubs like Social who have been a problem for some time now, it makes the area safer when we remove a club like this," Derenda said.
Some people out Friday night, however, say crime is not a deterrent for them.
"Walking down the street now I feel okay, I feel fine, I feel safe," said Kyle Baldus, a New York City resident.
"It could happen anywhere so it's not just the spot, it depends on like the people that are there," said Ilyas Abdulle of Buffalo.
Others, though, say the acts of violence still make them uneasy.
"Nothing good happens on Chippewa after 2 a.m.," said Meaghan Moore of Buffalo. "The street is just lined with cops and that doesn't make you feel safe when you go out and there's just cops galore."
"I just dont feel safe, it's unfortunate. I'd love to come out here but, you know, it's just not a good scene anymore," said Hilary Woods, Buffalo.
Derenda says Buffalo police will continue to look into businesses that cater to underage drinking and illegal activity.