Plan to Create 'Adult-only Entertainment Zone' on Chippewa

July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 6:51 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 6:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Recent increases in late-night brawls outside Chippewa bars and nightclubs have raised some safety concerns for Buffalo's entertainment district.

Most Chippewa area club owners tout the safety of the entertainment district, however some recent altercations caught on tape may show different.

Business owners say the problems are mostly caused by underage people, not old enough to get in to downtown bars and nightclubs.

"Unless they're employees here -- there's no reason for an 18, 19, 20-year-old to be down here," said Jay Mann, who manages Soho Bar.

Some establishments on the strip cater to people who are under the age of 21.

It is legal for underage people to enter alcohol-serving establishments, but illegal for them to be served alcohol.

Manno says a group of 30 Chippewa Street businesses are urging the underage clubs to switch to a 21 and over format instead.

There is also a proposal to create an adult-only entertainment zone during certain hours on the strip.

"Which would mean it's 21 and over unless you're accompanied by a parent or guardian after a certain point in the night," Manno said.