The Colonial Grill was closed Wednesday and the doors padlocked, just days after three people were shot and others injured outside the bar at 522 Merchant St.
Ambridge Police said a fight that started around 1 a.m. Sunday between women inside the bar spilled into the streets where someone fired 18 shots. No arrests have been made.
The bar had been operating on a conditional license through the state Liquor Control Board. The Colonial Grill must now undergo an inspection with the LCB and Ambridge code enforcement before operations can resume.
Mayor Richard D'Ambriosio first raised the issue, prompting council to make a motion and immediately remove the permits. He said it was important that officials show the public how they feel about nuisance establishments operating in town.
"I just want to let the public know that, as a police department, the chief and the police officers, obviously we've been documenting every single call that we get there," D’Ambriosio said. "We’ve forwarded numerous reports, and calls and statistics to the LCB, so we have been working very closely with them.”
“As a council I feel that we need to show the public our position also on what’s happening in our town. We can’t allow these places to continue to operate -- people coming in and people sleeping in their beds and 18 shots going off at 1 o’clock in the morning.”
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