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Investigation underway after bar brawl shuts down major road

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A neighborhood brawl involving dozens of people broke out in the quiet neighborhood of Mont Clare Saturday night.

Residents say this is not the first time they have seen this level of violence and they're demanding something be done about it.

Video taken around 1 o'clock Sunday morning shows fist flying outside of Valentino's Restaurant. A witness says the fight burst out on the sidewalk along Grand Avenue, becoming more chaotic as it moves towards the street.

Chicago Police are called and officers try to diffuse the situation, but the fights continue even as the officer tries to pull the people apart. The fight eventually forces Grand Avenue to shut down and cars can be seen backed up in both directions.

Resident David Guyon took cell phone video of the incident.

"That's the last thing I want to see on my own block," Guyon says. "I live here, I own, and I don't need this stuff going on in front of my house so if I have to call, I'll call. If I have to make a video and send it to you guys, I'll make a video and send it to you guys...whatever it takes."

36th Ward Alderman Nicholas Sposato says one officer was injured in the scuffle.

"Right now it's under investigation," Sposato told FOX 32. "I'm not too happy about what happened, it's not something I will tolerate...the community or the police department, so right now we need to sit down and talk with the owner and find out what's going on...find out how he's operating. He may be operating illegally."

The alderman believes that the establishment may be operating without certain licenses to have a DJ inside.

When FOX 32 arrived in the Mont Clare neighborhood Monday afternoon, Valentinos was closed and calls to the restaurant went unanswered.

Chicago police say they only have one other incident reported at this restaurant on record.

Resident David Guyon took cell phone video of the incident.

"That's the last thing I want to see on my own block," Guyon says. "I live here, I own, and I don't need this stuff going on in front of my house so if I have to call, I'll call. If I have to make a video and send it to you guys, I'll make a video and send it to you guys...whatever it takes."

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