Blue Turkey Sports Bar faces closure
THE Bulawayo City Council has resolved to shut down a popular bar — Blue Turkey Sports Bar in Four Winds after residents petitioned the municipality over loud music emanating from there.
The residents signed a petition against the operation of the outlet — sister company of Redwood and Esibayeni — that has been operating a bar and braai area since last year.
Last month, council resolved to cancel the bar’s licence citing noise nuisance as highlighted in the residents’ petition. Yesterday, the Four Winds residents expressed their disappointment saying council had delayed in implementing their decision to shut down the bar. They said Blue Turkey — which has a set up similar to Red Wood had resulted in the increase of anti-social behaviour in the area. The residents’ spokesperson, Mkhululi Moyo said between Friday and Sunday every week, the bar plays loud music making it difficult for them to do their chores at home.
“Some of the residents have even been forced to move their children to stay with their relatives in other suburbs because of the noise. Children can’t read due to the noise which comes from that place,” said Moyo.
“We petitioned council to shut it down and were happy that they complied, but nothing has happened since they resolved to shut it down.”
He said as if the noise was not enough, some of the patrons using the bar were urinating on their homes’ precast walls as well as dumping used condoms everywhere.
“There is a lot of anti-social behaviour emanating from that place. We’re even afraid that criminals are hiding in that place. There’s a criminal who was shot by the police at the same bar in January and used condoms are being disposed everywhere,” said Moyo.
However, the bar’s closure will be a major blow to outgoing fun loving residents, especially in the low density suburbs as the joint was one of the few outdoor areas where people could braai — @nqotshili.