At 2:02 a.m. on Jan. 1, the new year was rung in with gunshots near Night School, the Rosemary Street bar formerly known as Country Fried Duck. Shortly after, Night School lost its liquor license.
Chapel Hill residents Josiah Browning and Jordan Sanders, both 20 years old, were the suspects involved in the New Year's Day shooting.
"It is not believed that the shots were fired inside the Night School. Officers were already in the area and heard the shots fired, so they immediately responded over to that area to begin investigating," said Ran Northam, the Town of Chapel Hill's safety communications specialist.
North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission records indicate that the bar's liquor license was rejected on Jan. 4, which Northam said means they likely got shut down.
This is not the first time an establishment at the location of the Night School has been shut down in the past year.
Country Fried Duck was closed for the month of October following the rejection of its liquor license on Sept. 27, 2018 by the N.C. ABC.
Myles Bacon, the former general manager of Country Fried Duck, said this was due to an inability to control clientele.
Since the October shutdown of Country Fried Duck, the business switched ownership, was rebranded as Night School and applied for a new liquor license. The bar’s website is still under the name “Country Fried Duck” and has the same online reviews for the old establishment.
Yelp and Facebook reviews and comments show the bar attracted many Chapel Hill visitors and residents, not just UNC students.