A Bronx restaurant gave Thursday-night diners something that was not on the menu—a full-blown brawl involving nearly 40 patrons that was caught on video.
CBS2 news reported that chairs were tossed and punches were thrown during the melee inside the popular Seafood City Restaurant on City Island in New York.
“It was, like, out of control, honestly,” said a woman who was eating when the violence broke out. “I can’t believe that people would even act that way. I was really scared.”
A fight in progress was reported to police around 10:15 p.m., but by the time they reached the restaurant, the brawl had ended.
According to reports, there have been several similar incidents at the restaurant in the past.
“I’ve seen three fights over the years,” said longtime customer Chrissy Monroe. “I was sitting down with my food and a chair literally flew by my face.”
On Friday, Seafood City Restaurant posted a new sign indicating that the bar would close at 6 p.m. until further notice.
When speaking on behalf of the restaurant, Democrat state assemblyman Mark Gjonaj from the Bronx said that security is being stepped up both inside and outside of the premises.
“They’ve also participated in the NYPD for-hire security program, so, in a short period of time, we’ll see law enforcement out here that will be paid by the establishment,” Gjonaj said.
Others, such as Marjorie Velasquez, a member of Bronx Community Board 10, are insisting on a much more far-reaching solution.
Velasquez is calling for the New York State Liquor Authority to terminate Seafood City Restaurant’s liquor license, which is up for renewal in 2018.
“Suspended immediately – that’s what I’m calling for – right now. Why wait till next year?” Velasquez asked. “We can’t let our families face that risk.”
Police noted that there were no reports of injuries from the brawl, and no arrests were made since no one filed a formal complaint about the incident.
H/T: CBS New York
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