Winston-Salem, NC -- Councilman James Taylor Jr. says he will soon decide the fate of the Nitty Gritty Soul Cafe after a Feb. 17 shooting that killed one person and injured three others.
Taylor met with residents and the restaurant's owner Friday night to discuss the future of the Nitty Gritty. He says about 130 people showed up to voice their opinions.
Some residents said they thought security should have been tighter the night of the shooting; many said they wanted to the Nitty Gritty to be forced to close.
At one point, family members of one of the shooting victims caused a stir in the meeting and had to be asked to leave.
Other residents said they didn't want a vacant building in their neighborhood that would welcome graffiti and vandals.
Taylor will meet with the city manager, as well as the city's Public Safety Committee, to discuss the future of the Nitty Gritty this week. He says there are several options, but two stick out most; the city could force the restaurant to close completely with a nuisance abatement, a tactic Taylor said the city rarely uses, or the Nitty Gritty can simply lose its nightclub license, making it a 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. establishment.
Taylor understands their needs to be some sort of change, but he wants to make sure it's what's best for all parties involved.
"I'm a firm believer of measuring 10 times--or as many times as necessary--and only cutting once," he said.
Councilman Taylor says he'll announce his decision on the Nitty Gritty Friday.
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