Funky Buddha closing sometime next year after shootings

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The Funky Buddha is closing, but not right away.

This comes after two shootings happened near the bar, at 728 W. Grand Avenue, in Chicago’s River West neighborhood.

Funky Buddha co-owner Nick Stavropoulos tells city liquor commission officials that he plans to sell the business and close with 10 months.

27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. says he’s laid out new rules that the bar must follow in order to keep its liquor license.

Those include having security, keeping the outside area clean, and enforcing a no-hat dress code.

Neighbors demanded, and signed a petition, for the bar to close after two shootings in November.

Police Cmdr. Melissa Staples said Funky Buddha patrons should be “wanded” with a metal detector, instead of just “patted down.”

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