Blue Turkey Sports Bar faces clo­sure

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nqo­bile Tshili Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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