“I mean nobody should have been here. It makes no sense,” said Montano. “But it happened, and this 50-year tradition is going to go away.”
Kansas City police responded to a shooting near Stanford’s at 6:20 a.m. on Feb. 25. The business had closed at 3 a.m. but a cleaning crew, according to Montano, had left a door open to take out the garbage. That’s when he said a man ran inside the comedy club and was shot.
Police found another victim later at the hospital.
No suspects have been arrested in the case.
Montano said the victims were neither employees nor customers, however it’s taken a toll on the business.
“We can’t even get 30 people to come in on a weekend night,” he said.
Sometimes the skeleton staff at the bar have to wait until they can be paid in full, but they continue to show up and work.
“With no workers, you don’t have a business,” said Marika Barrell, one of Stanford’s bartenders.
On top of losing customers because of news of the shooting, Montano said one of the business’ owners recently died while the other is battling cancer.
“I am trying to hold this up until [the owner] gets back,” said Montano.
Stanford’s offers a bar, pool tables, darts and other games. Tickets to comedy shows range from $5 to $20.