Multiple people used chairs to viciously beat one another at a Bronx, New York, family restaurant, according to police and video footage of the incident.
Video captured the chaos at Seafood City on City Island Avenue.
The fight kicked off at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday night, police said.
The video emerged Friday on social media with the phrase, “Don’t go to City Island if you can’t fight.”
Viewers compared it to a WWE pro-wrestling match.
By the time police arrived the people involved in the fight were gone. There was no police report filed.
It is unclear what started the fight, but Seafood City’s management said they believe alcohol was a factor.
Seafood City stopped serving alcohol when it closed until further notice at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, according to signs posted by restaurant management.
Patrons of the typically sleepy restaurant said this fight is the latest in a long string of violent outbursts brought on by a lack of proper security at larger restaurants that line City Island Avenue.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAtbJvxhz8g?rel=0&showinfo=0]
John Doyle, a member of the City Island Civic Association, told the New York Daily News that the community has been ‘addressing issues at Seafood City for some time now’.
“This is very concerning, but the thing to keep in mind is that this is not a reflection on the community overall.”
Doyle said that he plans to contact the state liquor authority and has asked the New York Police Department about the use of uniformed, off-duty police officers as security at these businesses.
“If they’re going to bring that volume in they are responsible”, he said.
“We need to come up with a systematic approach here, because if we’re playing whack-a-mole no one wins.”