City orders Hertel Avenue business to cease all operations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The City of Buffalo is shutting down what officials say is an “illegal speakeasy” in North Buffalo.

The business, located at 1783 Hertel Avenue, was issued a cease all operations notification from the Department of Permit and Inspection Services today.

According to a city spokesperson, the business was operating without a license. Just after 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, officials say a large crowd was gathered outside the building. 

Buffalo Police issued the 44-year-old owner the following ordinances:

Drinking and possessing alcohol in public places

Employing an unregistered bouncer

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