It’s looking like Westport’s effort to nip its “urban” issues in the bud may be working. As reported first on KCC this past April, the youthful crowds of African American youth that have plagued the Country Club Plaza in recent years were beginning to find their way back to Westport earlier this spring.
Enough so that bars like the Gusto Bar & Lounge (and even white bread, midtown party capital, Kelly’s) were posting signs outside their businesses cautioning patrons not to pack firearms or wear “excessively baggy clothing” or “sunglasses at night.”
And sone Westport businessmen encouraged Gusto to modify its music mix to something with a less ethnic appeal.
But by the time school was out and summer continued to approach, the crowds continued to grow until in mid June Westport merchants began cordoning off Westport Road. And in mid July they began ID-ing everyone wanting to come into the party zone late on weekend nights and required that they be 21.
The bottom line this past weekend:
“We didn’t have any problems,” says the source. “Matter of fact our crowds are diminishing to more or less nothing. Not our regular customers, our business is actually up there. But most of the problem people have gone away.”