Jeffery Pub raises its entry age, limits hip hop music after deadly hit-and-run

Fri. August 26, 2022 8:27 PM by News Staff

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Jeffery Pub is changing a number of business policies following a horrific hit-and-run that killed three patrons and injured a fourth earlier this month.

In a Facebook post, the South Side gay bar announced all patrons must be 30 years old and above, and anyone seeking entry will have their IDs scanned.

It will also play less hip-hop music and close an hour earlier owner Jamal Junior announced Thursday night during a town hall meeting on safety. 

Block Club Chicago, which first reported the changes, said Brave Space Alliance and the Mind, Body and Soul Health and Wellness Circle hosted the meeting.

The age requirement has received some criticism because Tavis Dunbar, the man charged for the Aug. 14 fatal hit-and-run, is 34-years-old and a customer of the bar.

The hit-and-run happened after an argument in the bar spilled outside, according to Chicago police. 

Shocking video obtained by CWB Chicago shows a silver sedan speeding down the wrong side of the street before striking and killing 23-year-old Jaylen Ausley, 27-year-old Devonta Vivetter, and 25-year-old Donald Huey.

Dunbar has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

Jeffery Pub, 7041 S. Jeffery Blvd., is one of the country’s longest-running black-owned LGBTQ bars.