Alderman Wants City To Close Double-Homicide Restaurant

UPDATE 10:30AM JANUARY 5: DNAInfo reports that “an orange sign stating the business was closed ‘by Order of the Superintendent of Police'” has been posted in the restaurant’s windows.

Our original story follows…
An Uptown alderman is calling on the city to shut down the restaurant where two men reportedly shot each other to death during an early morning party on New Year’s Day.

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46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman wants the police department and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to close Iyanze Bolat West African Cuisine until “we have a full understanding of what happened.”

Chicago’s “problem building” ordinance allows the city to close businesses in extreme circumstances, including when a homicide takes place within the business.

Cappleman said he met with Iyanze’s owners last summer to discuss its late night parties that were “disruptive to the neighborhood.”

“We discussed the limits of their business license and issues that may result if I continued to hear complaints about noise and other nuisance issues,” Cappleman said.

Iyanze was asked to participate in a local business task force, too, but “unfortunately they did not attend,” Cappleman said.

38-year-old Maurice Delaney and 31-year-old Ali Mohamed shot each other to death around 4:15 a.m. on January 1, according to the scenario released by Cappleman hours after the incident.

Mohamed was shot eight times and Delaney three times. More shots were fired on a nearby side street.

No weapons were recovered at the shooting scene, according to multiple police sources.

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