List: 14 more bars in New York and New York have suspended liquor licenses due to COVID-19 violations

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NEW YORK (WABC) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state has suspended liquor licenses for 14 more bars and restaurants in New York City after finding violations of pandemic-related executive orders. Over the weekend, the state’s multi-agency task force – led by state police and the national liquor authority – carried out nearly 4,000 compliance checks, observing 34 additional violations.Officials say businesses that violate COVID-19 regulations face fines of up to $ 10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar’s liquor license or a restaurant.RELATED | Manhattan restaurant sues for reinstatement of liquor license

“Over the past five months, New Yorkers have made great sacrifices to turn the curve, and today’s record infection rate shows that when we listen to science and take this virus seriously, we can make a difference. But too many bars and restaurants are still flouting the rules in place to stop the spread and local governments need to step up – so we’ve stepped up enforcement with state police and the liquor authority to hold bad actors accountable ” , Governor Cuomo said. “Now is not the time to lose sight of our goal, and if compliance fails, any progress we have made over the past five months could be jeopardized. These establishments are putting the health of their staff, customers and all New Yorkers at risk – and their actions are simply unacceptable. ”

The 14 establishments that have received emergency summary suspension orders from the State Liquor Authority Board are located in New York City, the Capital Region and Long Island.

– Brooklyn – 7
– Manhattan – 1
– Queens – 3
– Albany – 1
– Schenectady – 1
– Suffolk – 1

Bars that have been suspended are listed below, along with information on their violations and the date of their suspensions:

“75 Main Group” at 75 Main Street in Southampton, August 23, 2020
On August 22, SLA investigators and officers from the Suffolk County Police Department, Southampton Village Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint inspection of the premises. At around 6:00 p.m., investigators observed a line of customers waiting to enter the premises, ignoring social distancing, most of them not wearing face coverings. Investigators also observed two bartenders and three waiters without face masks. About an hour later, investigators returned to find several employees and customers standing, mingling and drinking around the bar without facial covers, with several customers from nearby tables wandering up to the bar to mingle and consume beatings – in violation of the governor’s decree. ban walk-in bar service. They also observed long queues at restrooms without social distancing and with several customers not wearing face covers. At least 27 employees were working at the time of the inspection, none of whom attempted to control queues or prohibit customers from consuming alcohol while standing near the bar. At around 11:00 p.m., the joint inspection team entered the premises, observing two employees running towards the kitchen to alert the staff. Upon arrival, investigators identified 25 additional offenses – including serious health risks – and four subpoenas to appear in criminal court. In addition, earlier in the evening, an 18-year-old underage officer was able to purchase alcohol on two occasions without being asked for identification. The company is a repeat offense, with Southampton Village Police documenting 75 patrons eating indoors on June 13, before indoor dining was allowed on Long Island, and investigators from the Task Force of the State observing three employees without face masks on July 28. The charges for the two previous incidents are pending with the SLA.

“Mark’s Grill” at 1051 Curry Road in Schenectady, August 22, 2020
On August 21, SLA investigators discovered that the locals were operating a bar service only without meals, in direct violation of the governor’s decrees. Investigators entered the premises, observing that the fourteen bar stools were occupied, with no space between patrons, and with three other patrons standing and drinking near the bar, all without face covering. Investigators ordered and received non-food alcoholic beverages from a bartender with a face mask around his chin. Additional customers were standing and drinking at high tables, and several customers without face covers were moving around the premises.

“Andy’s Place” at 605 New Scotland Avenue in Albany, August 22, 2020
On August 21, SLA investigators entered the premises and found that the establishment was operating a bar service only without meals, in direct violation of the governor’s decrees. A bartender was observed without a face mask, and four customers – also without a face mask – were standing at the bar drinking alcohol. Investigators ordered and were served alcoholic drinks without food, noting that several customers were entering and exiting the premises without face masks. As investigators left, seven patrons were standing and gathering around the bar without face coverings, consuming alcohol.

“Esquina Tequila” at 40-01 Northern Boulevard in Queens, August 23, 2020
On August 20, state multi-agency task force investigators and NYPD agents observed at least ten people drinking, gathering and ignoring social distancing regulations directly outside the premises. It was only after the arrival of the task force that an employee attempted to confiscate drinks from customers outside.

“Mally’s Deli & Grocery” at 199 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn, August 23, 2020
On August 21, state multi-agency task force investigators and NYPD agents observed many customers standing and sitting outside the premises, drinking alcohol without food. Additionally, three customers were found drinking inside and three employees were observed without face masks. Investigators also found that brands of tequila not registered for sale in New York State were being sold locally.

“La Fogata Restaurant & Café” at 1549 Gates Avenue in Brooklyn, August 23, 2020
On August 22, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed a customer sitting outside drinking without food. Inside, investigators documented two patrons who drink and play pool – which has been banned in New York City since March 16, 2020 – and a bartender without a face mask.

“NY Pizza Café & Spanish Food Restaurant” at 1485 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, August 23, 2020
On August 22, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed three customers inside the restaurant consuming alcohol without food, two employees and the owner without face covers, and alcoholic beverages sold without food. . When questioned, the manager admitted that the premises did not serve any food – in direct violation of the governor’s executive decrees.

“El Salvador Restaurant De Marina” at 1544 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, August 23, 2020
On August 22, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed ten patrons inside the restaurant without a face mask, consuming alcohol without food, and six other patrons drinking alcohol immediately at the restaurant. outside the premises – all in violation of the governor’s decrees. Investigators also documented six employees without a face mask. When the manager was told to tell customers to leave, she initially refused.

“Restaurant La Perla Del Ulua” 354 Melrose Street in Brooklyn, August 22, 2020
On August 21, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force heard excessively loud music as they approached the premises, finding an unauthorized DJ playing music outside the facility and at least 37 patrons standing side by side, drinking and dancing, effectively creating an illegal outdoor disco. When investigators arrived, a premises official ran outside to distribute masks to customers. Others were observed drinking inside the premises, in violation of the indoor dining restrictions in effect since March 16, 2020. All of the observed violations occurred after the 23:00 to 23:00 curfew. New York for alfresco dining.

“Noree Thai Bazaar” at 274 Grand Street in Manhattan, August 21, 2020
On August 19, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed three customers consuming alcohol inside the premises and two employees without face masks, in violation of executive orders from the governors.

“Izzy’s Fried Chicken” at 262 Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn, August 21, 2020
On August 19, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed five patrons having dinner in an enclosed space that had been illegally converted to an indoor space without the approval of the SLA or the buildings department. from New York.

“Privileged Gentleman’s Club” at 49-14 Queens Boulevard in Queens, August 21, 2020
On August 20, a security guard without face cover attempted to prevent investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force and NYPD agents from entering the premises. After being admitted, investigators discovered 33 clients inside a makeshift room built with a plastic tarp roof and four walls, consuming alcohol and ignoring social distancing guidelines. Investigators also documented two additional employees inside without face coverings.

“Palm Court Restaurant & Lounge” at 171-16 Hillside Avenue in Queens, August 19, 2020
On August 18, investigators from the state’s multi-agency task force observed four customers inside the premises – two drinking alcohol and two playing pool – in violation of executive decrees of the governors in force since. March 16, 2020 restricting indoor service. Investigators also documented two employees without a face mask.

“New Heights of NY” at 137 Schenectady Avenue in Brooklyn, August 19, 2020
On August 15, state multi-agency task force investigators and NYPD agents observed two customers standing and drinking directly in front of the premises without face coverings. Investigators documented four additional customers consuming alcohol inside the premises, in clear violation of the governor’s decree in effect since March 16, 2020.

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