Corpus Christi, Texas – The video shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook shows a fight in the Smoke BBQ and Skybar patio during the soft opening of the new restaurant inside the building that once housed the famous Fajitaville on North Beach.
At the end of the video posted at 1:31 a.m. Monday, two screeching noises can be heard, and Corpus Christi Police Public Information Officer Travis Pace says he read a report that two shell casings were found in the restaurant.
When the officers got there, Pace said all those involved in the fighting and potential shootings had left, and there were no arrests or reports of injuries.
Many people were surprised by the video.
A North Beach visitor from El Paso Blanca Murillo said: “It’s frankly disheartening because it’s supposed to be fun for everyone. It’s supposed to be safe. And people tend to overdo it, and that’s kind of a ruin for everyone.”
Smoke BBQ and Skybar are hoping to be open permanently by Labor Day, but they’ll have more soft openings every weekend until then.
Someone else who watched the video hopes that restaurant leaders and the police will work together to determine future plans for Smoke BBQ.
“I think that should be left to the authorities – check and find out what really happened and what actually happened,” said North Beach visitor from Dallas Thomas Hoepe. Then the restaurant could seriously rethink rather than open it or whether there was something they could do to prevent such action.”
In an effort to do so, Smoke BBQ and Skybar North Beach will have stricter safety from last weekend moving forward.
“We have already secured a Corpus Christi police officer and will have three licensed Level 4 Personal Protection Officers to provide security for the venue throughout the weekends,” Smoke BBQ general counsel Adam Cortez said.
Like the three locations in San Antonio, Cortez says Smoke BBQ on North Beach will also have security cameras as an extra layer of customer protection.
He said, “No one can control human behavior, and anyone who says they can is a liar and a fool. But what we can do, and what we stick to, is to make our place as safe as possible. Fortunately, in our other locations, we have a proven track record of doing With that, and Corpus Christi would be no different.”