Changes at South Shore gay bar after deadly hit-and-run

Jeffery Pub is raising its entry age, changing its music and closing earlier.

SHARE Changes at South Shore gay bar after deadly hit-and-run
Jeffery Pub is an African American-owned gay bar at 7041 S. Jeffery Blvd. in South Shore.

Jeffery Pub has announced some changes after a fatal hit-and-run on its block left three people dead.

Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times file

A South Shore gay bar will no longer admit patrons younger than 30, will play less “aggressive” music and stop serving alcohol earlier after a hit-and-run outside the bar earlier this month that killed three people.

Jeffery Pub owner Jamal Junior shared the changes Thursday night during a community meeting at the club, 7041 S. Jeffery Blvd.

“There was some tension, for sure,” said Keith Green, executive director of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, a nonprofit organization. “The challenge is there are already a limited number of spaces for younger people to gather and hang out. ... It actually exacerbates the problem of young people not having a place to go.”

Green said he was one of about 60 people who attended the meeting Thursday. Junior declined to talk to a Chicago Sun-Times reporter on Friday. An Aug. 18 posting on the pub’s Facebook page says, “30 & Older, No ID, No entry.”

Block Club Chicago, which first reported the changes, said Jeffrey Pub will close at 3 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. Saturdays and 4 a.m. other days.

The hit-and-run happened in the early hours of Aug. 14 after an argument in the bar spilled outside, police have said. As the arguing continued, a silver sedan raced down the 7000 block of South Jeffery and drove straight into the people gathered outside.

Three people were hurled into the air and a fourth was knocked to the curb as bystanders screamed, according to video from the scene. Donald Huey, 25, Jaylen Ausley, 23, and Devonta Vivetter, 27, died; a fourth man was hospitalized in serious condition.

Tavis Dunbar, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

The police have said they don’t have a clear motive in the case.

The Latest
A day spent observing the first steps in revising the list of endangered and threatened fish in Illinois. Who knew what wonders swam in our waters?
The fire started at a three-story apartment building in the 5900 block of West 16th Street.
Hindu nationalist organizations are working to import their bigoted ideology into this diverse city, and Chicagoans cannot remain in the dark, the head of the Indian American Muslim Council writes.
The team needs to be reunited for posterity. Legions of Siskel and Ebert fans would all give this idea a big thumbs up, writes a lifelong Chicagoan and movie fan.
Athlete’s father insists on offering free game tickets to his friends, creating an inconvenience for the family members who are supposed to get the seats.