Published on May 18th, 2015 |5
Let’s not let Buckhead become a Waco biker shootout scene
(Click here for a link to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on the Waco shootout.)
For decades, Thursday nights have been biker nights at Fellini’s, starting at around 9:30 with the first wave and followed at 11 or later by a larger wave of motorcycles. In the past, the story was that the bikers came to Fellini’s after a night of drag racing on Ellsworth Industrial Drive west of I-75.
Whether that’s the case today or not, Buckhead still attracts bikers on Thursday nights.
Neighbors who visited Fellini’s when the bikers were there expressed concern that an unsettling number of bikers were wearing pistols in holsters on their hips. La Fonda (next door to Fellini’s) actually posted a sign banning guns.
I don’t know that the motorcyclists that visited Fellini’s are members of gangs—and certainly not “criminal” gangs as the police in Waco referred to the bikers there. And we have had no problems with shootings to the best of my knowledge. The main problems are noise and speeding up and down Peachtree Road…oh, and bikers doing wheelies. The danger their antics post to pedestrians and drivers is painfully obvious.
Last year, nearby condo residents took a more activist approach to the problem, placing their cars in all of the parking spaces. And many regularly place calls to Atlanta Police regarding this problem.
Although a warm Thursday evening still brings a large number of bikers to Fellini’s, the word on the street is that many of them have moved on to Twin Peaks Bar & Restaurant in the Tower Place Marketplace at 3365 Piedmont Road.
Ironically, it was a Twin Peaks Bar & Restaurant in Waco, Texas, where the shootout occurred on Sunday afternoon. I wonder if the Twin Peaks in Buckhead allows bikers to carry guns inside. After all, in Waco, the fight started in the Twin Peaks’ restroom, moved into the main part of the restaurant and finally out into the parking lot.
We can only hope that our Atlanta Police Zone 2 officers are keeping a close watch in Buckhead and that the bikers who visit Buckhead are more responsible.
John Schaffner, editor
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