Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - The owner of the City Grill Restaurant on Main Street in Buffalo addressed the media Monday.
But he did not talk specifically about the August 14th shootings that occurred outside of his establishment.
Scott Rossi and his wife moved to W.N.Y. A few years ago from the New York City area.
"We moved up to Buffalo 2 1/2 years ago-- to find a better quality of life for us and our children," Rossi Said.
Then on August 14th a tragic turn. A party at their restaurant, which was hosted by a local promoter, ended in gunfire.
Police say Riccardo McCray opened fire, shooting 8 people. 4 of the victims died in the attack.
Rossi told us he could not specifically address the shootings but says there have been no changes since them.
" We're the same restaurant we've always been-- there are no changes because there were no changes that needed to be made," he said.
Rossi spoke at a News Conference which was held to launch the 4th Local Restaurant week-- a 5 day event involving more than 150 Western New York restaurants which will feature special deals over the next several days.
The local chapter of the N.Y.S. Restaurant Association chose City Grill as the backdrop for the launch to help show it's support for the restaurant.
" Our support for scott and his wife is simple because they are good people-- they run a good restaurant -- and were the victim of bad circumstance," says Peter Longo with the Restaurant Association's local chapter.
The owners of the City Grill are still under investigation by the N.Y.S. Liquor Authority.
Investigators are looking into whether the private party violated state laws.
But supporters of the restaurant, tried to make one point clear to the media:
"This could have happened anywhere-- this has nothing to do with that incident-- these are our friends and we're here to support our friends and the industry," said Dan Garvey, also a member of the Restaurant Association.
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