Voluntary closure of MT Pockets after the Hertel Avenue incident
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – A bar in North Buffalo will voluntarily close after numerous complaints were filed with the Erie County Department of Health following a protest on Hertel Avenue on Tuesday night.
On the same day, the Department of Health announced that it would investigate MT Pockets, the city of Buffalo announced that the bar was voluntarily closing. A large group of counter-protesters gathered outside the bar during Tuesday’s protest. A team from 7 Eyewitness News captured part of the protest.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Byron Brown said MT Pockets violated social distancing and masking guidelines.
At this time, it’s unclear when MT Pockets will reopen. The establishment provided the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News via email:
The management of MT Pockets does not tolerate racism. The individual with a knife who uttered despicable racist remarks last week has never been to our facility. Yesterday we tried to make it known. We have tried to say that we support people of all races. It was neither the right time nor the right place to continue this conversation with people.
We are sorry that things got out of hand and some of our customers acted inappropriately yesterday. We do not tolerate racism in our establishment. We are saddened that our establishment is viewed in this way. We do not tolerate racism or violence.
We support the recommendations of the mayor and the Buffalo police. We look forward to meeting the mayor next week and will abide by all health and safety rules inside and outside our facility.