At least two bars posted “no colors” signs on their doors for the annual Bike Night in York last week.
Scott Eden, owner of Holy Hound Taproom, said that a couple weeks before the yearly event was to kick off that a York City Police officer had come to the bar and told Eden about some men associated with a biker gang that had been in the business.
Eden, who didn’t know about the visitors, said the officer advised him to put “no colors” signs up to keep gang members from claiming the bar.
Eden was told after a group takes over the bar, they keep other people out and eventually overrun the place.
So on Saturday night, several signs posted on the doors read “no colors.”
Anyone associating themselves with a particular biker group was asked to leave.
Jeff Lau, co-owner of Mudhook Brewing Co., said it was the second year the bar participated in Bike Night and while they had no issues either year, they decided to put up the signs, too, after being approached by York City Police.
Lau said he knew group members were “making their rounds,” but that they had no problems, even with 50 percent of their crowd hanging outside for the live music.
“Bike night isn’t a time to represent a group,” Lau said. “We just want everyone to have a good time together.”
York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said earlier that bars are generally cautioned to make sure things don’t get out of hand, but that warning bars about motorcycle gang members really isn’t something they do.
Lt. Tim Utley added that there were rumors about something going to happen among the gang members, but that there was no real need for concern.
According to the bar owners, they probably wouldn’t have thought to put the signs up had police not asked them to do so.