Rowdy Buck tries to rebrand in shadow of fatal Pittsburgh shooting |

Rowdy Buck tries to rebrand in shadow of fatal Pittsburgh shooting

Megan Guza
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Trixie's Bar and Game Room on East Carson on the Southside on July 6, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Trixie's Bar and Game Room on East Carson on the Southside on July 6, 2017.
Department of Public Safety
A screen capture from surveillance video Pittsburgh police released from the Rowdy Buck bar in the South Side.

A South Side Flats bar that closed because of a fatal shooting in May will reopen Thursday night under a new name and new management, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala’s Office.

The Rowdy Buck on East Carson Street closed May 21 — the day 25-year-old Dahrique Smith was shot to death inside the bar.

Police responded to the bar about 12:30 a.m. when a passerby told a nearby officer working a secondary detail about shots fired in the bar. Officers responded and found Smith on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds .

Smith was taken to UPMC Mercy where he was pronounced dead about 1:15 a.m.

Police said Kolbrin Holyfield has been arrested in connection with the shooting, but it was not immediately clear what charges he faces or what led to the shooting.

The bar reopens more than a month later under the name Trixie’s Bar and Game Room, according to Zappala’s office. The reopening follows several meetings with the district attorney’s office and Nuisance Bar Task Force.

The bar will have increased security measures, which will include searching all bags and purses, according to a release from district attorney’s office spokesman Mike Manko.

“The task force will continue to monitor the bar closely, but for now, our office is satisfied with the changes,” Manko wrote.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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