OK. He moved. Mayor Brown did shut down some of the worst offenders in the city. Good for him.
Late Saturday, Mayor Byron W. Brown completed a hat trick of nightspot closings within the last seven weeks, reinforcing his claim that the city will crack down on bars and clubs that threaten public safety by attracting gunfire to their immediate neighborhoods.
The mayor shut down the Impulse Lounge on Washington Street over the weekend, just as he earlier had closed the Habibi Sheesha Lounge on Elmwood Avenue following a Jan. 3 incident and Mango’z bar on Forest Avenue after a Dec. 6 shooting. All three closings came within days – even hours – of a violent incident.
The mayor, who has had a reputation for being cautious and measured on other issues, has acted swiftly and aggressively in all three cases, closing the three establishments without waiting for any formal action by either the Buffalo Common Council or the State Liquor Authority.