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35 More NYC Bars Lose Their Liquor Licenses for Egregious COVID-19 Related Violations

Governor Cuomo Announces 38 Additional Bars’ Liquor Licenses Suspended for Egregious Violations of Coronavirus-Related Regulations

Multi-Agency Task Force has Conducted Nearly 7,000 Compliance Checks Over Last Week, Observing 162 Violations 

New Suspensions for Bars in New York City and on Long Island

132 Licenses have been Suspended and 707 Charges Have Been Filed During COVID-19 Pandemic — Updated List Available HERE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state has suspended liquor licenses for 38 additional bars in New York City and on Long Island after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders. Over the last week, the state’s multi-agency task force — led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority — has conducted 6,887 compliance checks, observing violations at 162 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license.

“Thanks to New Yorkers’ hard work, we have achieved — and maintained — one of the lowest infection rates in the country, but now is not the time to let our guard down. We will not allow a handful of bad actors or reckless businesses to halt or reverse New York’s progress,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is about enforcement, and while state investigators are working tirelessly to enforce compliance, local governments must step up and do their jobs.”

State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley said, “The task force has been hard at work to protect the public’s health and will continue to hold these establishments, who think they are above the law and immune to this pandemic, accountable for endangering the lives of New Yorkers.”

The 38 establishments issued emergency orders of summary suspension from the State Liquor Authority Board are located in New York City and on Long Island, including:

Bronx – 7

Brooklyn – 6

Manhattan – 12

Queens – 10

Staten Island – 2

Nassau – 1

The emergency suspensions were ordered by Chairman Bradley, Commissioner Lily Fan and Commissioner Greeley Ford at special meetings of the Full Board on August 5th, August 6th, August 7th, August 8th, August 9th and August 10th conducted by a digitally recorded video under social distancing guidelines.

Emergency Summary Suspensions are imposed when the SLA finds the continued operation of a licensed business threatens public health and safety. Suspension orders are served immediately and remain in effect indefinitely, with the maximum penalty including the permanent revocation of the license and fines of up to $10,000 per violation. Licensees subject to an emergency suspension are entitled to an expedited hearing before an SLA Administrative Law Judge.

The bars that have been suspended are listed below, along with information on their violations and the date of their suspensions.

“El Trono De Mexico Sports Bar” at 38-19 69th Street in Queens, on August 11, 2020   

On August 10th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed alcohol sold without food at four separate tables outside the restaurant, in violation of the food requirement guidelines implemented to prevent congregations and mingling that have led to spikes of COVID-19 cases in other states.

“El Marquez” at 88-11 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, on August 11, 2020   

On August 10th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed alcohol sold without food at three separate tables outside the restaurant, in violation of the food requirement guidelines. Two patrons — including one signing karaoke — were observed standing and drinking without facial coverings. A member of the wait staff was also observed without a facial covering. The business is a repeat offender, with investigators observing patrons drinking and congregating outside the premises past the 11 p.m. NYC curfew for outside dining on July 25th. Investigators also found four employees without facial coverings and the kitchen closed.

“880 Roy’s Restaurant & Bar” at 1951 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, on August 10, 2020  

On August 9th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed at least a dozen patrons without facial coverings standing in groups in front of the restaurant, in close proximity to patrons seated at tables. One patron was observed drinking inside the premises, in violation of the indoor dining restrictions in effect since March 16, 2020 and pursuant to clear SLA and DOH Guidance. Investigators also documented two employees not wearing facial coverings.

“Angiolina’s Restaurant” at 1322A Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, on August 10, 2020    

On August 9th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed eleven patrons eating and consuming alcohol, many of them shoulder to shoulder, inside the premises in flagrant violation of the Governor’s Executive Order in place since March 16, 2020. After initially claiming they were all employees, the manager admitted that they were really patrons when none were able to provide any proof of their employment.

“Brasier Ceviche Wine Bar” at 3775 10th Avenue in Manhattan, on August 10, 2020     

On August 8th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force and officers with the NYPD observed a DJ playing extremely loud music outside the restaurant, in violation of licensee-agreed stipulations on noise, creating a nightclub atmosphere with fifteen patrons drinking and congregating directly in front of the premises. Investigators documented two members of the kitchen staff and two patrons inside the restaurant without facial coverings. The establishment was also found selling hookah illegally, including nicotine hookah which is prohibited even with a valid hookah permit.

“Mangu Patio” at 122-07 15th Avenue in Queens, on August 10, 2020

On August 8th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed fifteen patrons standing, congregating and mingling directly outside bar while consuming alcohol, ignoring social distancing guidelines and not wearing facial coverings.

“Solace Bar & Grill” at 3496 Broadway aka 540 West 143rd Street in Manhattan, on August 10, 2020

On August 9th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed ten patrons drinking and congregating directly in front of the premises without facial coverings at around 12:50 a.m., well past the 11:00 p.m. curfew for outside dining in New York City. Multiple employees were also observed without facial coverings, with the restaurant’s manager telling investigators he is unable to control the crowds. The manager also admitted to selling hookah without a permit and the premises was found in violation of NYC DOT outdoor guidelines for blocking the sidewalk.

“Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall” at 29-01-19 24th Avenue in Queens, on August 9, 2020

On August 8th, investigators warned this establishment that patrons are not allowed to stand and consume alcohol outside the premises. Later that evening, investigators from the multi-agency task force observed twenty patrons standing and drinking in the establishment’s outdoor area, ignoring social distancing guidelines without facial coverings. Investigators entered the restaurant to find an additional twenty customers lined up for drinks at the bar, in flagrant violation of the Governor’s Executive Order in place since March 16, 2020.

“Lucky Seven Restaurant & Bar” at 1447-1457 St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan, on August 9, 2020

On August 8th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed fifteen patrons standing and consuming alcohol directly in front of the premises. The owner, present at the time of the inspection, claimed he could not control the crowd; however, investigators noted that extremely loud music outside with flashing lights were encouraging patrons to linger and congregate. Investigators also documented five employees without facial coverings.

“Café Expresso” at 25-51A Steinway Street in Astoria, on August 9, 2020

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed fifteen patrons drinking and congregating in front of the premises, ignoring social distancing guidelines — most without facial coverings. There were ten chairs set up set up for outdoor service without tables, and the premises’ owner was observed not wearing a facial covering.

“The Hairy Lemon” at 28-30 Avenue B in Manhattan, on August 9, 2020

On August 8th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed patrons standing and drinking without facial coverings outside the premises and confirmed that the location was operating a bar-type service, selling drinks to multiple patrons without substantial food.

“Pyramids Hookah and Bar” at 40-19 Bell Boulevard in Queens, on August 9, 2020

On August 8th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed twelve patrons standing on the sidewalk outside bar, most without facial coverings, drinking and smoking hookah illegally, while congregating and mingling.

“La Casa Del Mofongo” at 1451 St. Nicholas Street in Manhattan, on August 9, 2020

On August 8th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed extremely loud music coming from the premises, encouraging approximately twenty patrons to congregate and drink in front of the establishment, while ignoring social distancing guidelines and without facial coverings. Investigators documented four employees without facial coverings, including three members of the kitchen staff and a manager. Investigators also noted fourteen patrons lined up waiting for table service after the 11:00 p.m. curfew for outside dining in New York City.

“Las’ Lap” at 74 Orchard Street in Manhattan, on August 8, 2020  

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed approximately twenty-five patrons without facial coverings sitting, standing, and kneeling around tables pushed together under a small tent, ignoring social distancing guidelines. Inside the restaurant, investigators observed eight patrons — including two who were seated — eating and drinking, which has been illegal since March 16, 2020.

“Dark Bullet Sake and Oyster Bar” at 154 West 72nd Street in Manhattan, on August 8, 2020   

On August 3rd, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed several patrons inside the premises drinking at the bar and playing pool with no food being served. When investigators entered, fifteen patrons immediately exited the premises with alcoholic beverages.

“Spicy Moon Vegan Szechuan” at 68 West 3rd Street in Manhattan, on August 8, 2020  

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed approximately fourteen patrons inside the premises drinking, including two at the bar and four dancing. In addition, three employees were observed without facial coverings. Outside, five patrons were standing and drinking without facial coverings.

“Cielo Ristorante” at 1435 Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island, on August 8, 2020 

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed several patrons seated at tables inside the restaurant eating and drinking in flagrant violation of the Governor’s Executive Order in place since March 16, 2020.

“The Wayland” at 700 East 9th Street in Manhattan, on August 8, 2020   

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed at least 13 patrons without facial coverings standing the outside bar, congregating and mingling. Investigators also noted patrons served drinks at an outdoor table without food.

“Gold Room BK” at 429 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn, on August 8, 2020   

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed two patrons eating and drinking inside the premises and two others standing at the bar consuming alcohol. In addition, three patrons and two employees were observed without facial coverings and ignoring social distancing guidelines.

“Halsey Bar & Grill” at 4404 Avenue H in Brooklyn, on August 8, 2020

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed two patrons inside the restaurant drinking alcohol and several employees, including the manager, without facial coverings.  Six patrons were also observed standing in front of the premises ignoring social distancing guidelines.

“The Juicy Box” at 2281 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, on August 8, 2020

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed ten patrons standing, drinking, and congregating under a tent outside the premises, ignoring social distancing guidelines. The owner, who was present at the time of the inspection, and several of his employees were not wearing facial coverings. In addition, NYPD officers recovered illegal fireworks inside the premises and issued a summons.

“Aliada” at 29-19 Broadway in Astoria, on August 8, 2020    

On August 7th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed several patrons outside, congregating, standing, and consuming alcohol, presumably while waiting for seating. Additionally, numerous tables were arranged indoors in order to provide dining during a rainstorm.

“Maiden Lane” at 162 Avenue B in Manhattan, on August 7, 2020  

On August 6th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed the restaurant selling alcohol for consumption on the premises and ‘to go’ with just a 0.5-ounce package of oyster crackers — in flagrant violation of state requirements that substantial food be served to limit mingling in bars. Investigators documented six customers being served at a walk up bar at an outside window, approximately seventeen patrons drinking on the premises with only crackers, and another patron ordering two margaritas served with straws and no food, who then proceeded to walk across the street and get in a car.

“14 East 47th Pub Inc.” aka “Connolly’s Pub” at 14 East 47th Street in Manhattan, on August 7, 2020  

On August 6th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed multiple patrons gathered outside the restaurant, ignoring social distancing guidelines, standing and drinking from open containers in full view of the restaurant’s manager.

“Olivia’s Restaurant & Lounge” at 1854 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, on August 7, 2020  

On August 6th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed multiple patrons gathered outside the restaurant without facial coverings, with music blasting from a speaker encouraging patrons to congregate. Four patrons were seen standing and consuming alcohol without facial coverings near the outdoor dining area and two employees were observed without facial coverings.

“Dominie’s” at 34-07 30th Avenue in Astoria, on August 7, 2020   

On August 6th, after warning the premises earlier that evening regarding employees wearing facial coverings and patrons walking up and ordering from the bar, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force returned to find four patrons standing and consuming alcohol, two patrons inside ordering drinks without food from the bar, and kitchen staff without facial coverings.

“Cloister Café” at 238 East 9th Street in Manhattan, on August 7, 2020     

On August 7th, the New York City Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the state’s multi-agency task force at this establishment approximately 12:30 a.m. — well past the 11 p.m. NYC curfew. Investigators found the restaurant operating as a nightclub and hookah lounge with a live DJ, documenting numerous patrons ignoring social distancing with lines of customers congregating in front of the premises without facial coverings, at least twenty patrons consuming alcohol indoors under a fixed roof, and no receipts for food purchases. The inspection identified thirty-three significant fire and life safety violations, with the NYC Sheriff’s Office issuing seven criminal court summonses.

“Marie’s” at 5 Hyatt Street on Staten Island, on August 6, 2020

On August 5th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed multiple patrons gathered outside the restaurant ignoring social distancing guidelines, standing and drinking. In addition, investigators found a walk-up bar service selling drinks without food, and two employees – including the owner — without facial coverings. When investigators spoke with the owner, she insisted she does not have to wear a facial covering in her own establishment, in direct violation of the Governor’s orders.

“Phoenix Bar and Restaurant” at 1404 Ogden Avenue in the Bronx, on August 6, 2020

On July 31st, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force could hear excessively loud music as they approached the premises, observing a security guard without a facial covering and six patrons drinking on an unlicensed parking lot converted into a nightclub. Investigators report the restaurant was essentially operating as a hookah lounge with a live DJ, serving alcohol without any food in the kitchen, and with five employees — in addition to a DJ and hookah server — without facial coverings.

“The Village Green” at 14-17 150th Street in Queens, on August 6, 2020

On August 5th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force found the premises doors locked, with the curtains drawn and a sign obstructing the view inside. Investigators were able to enter the premises when an employee removing trash – including liquor bottles — opened the front door. Inside, investigators documented four patrons drinking indoors at the bar without food being served and a bartender in close proximity to the patrons without a facial covering.

“Ponte Vecchio Restaurant” at 8810 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, on August 6, 2020

On August 5th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed twelve patrons dining inside the restaurant, which has been illegal since March 16, 2020. Investigators also noted approximately ten patrons without facial coverings walking through the interior of the restaurant onto the back patio.

“Elliot’s” at 23 Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport, on August 6, 2020

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on August 5th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed multiple patrons walking around and drinking at an outside bar, kitchen staff without facial coverings, and management serving patrons alcohol without food. After initially attempting to pass off falsified receipts with food orders, the manager admitted he had fabricated them and that the venue was running a bar service. Despite being caught with multiple violations earlier that evening, the premises continued to operate and when investigators returned two hours later, they found approximately 100 patrons crammed into the location. Investigators contacted the Freeport Police Department and, when police arrived, they found sixty-nine patrons standing shoulder to shoulder at the crowded outside bar, drinking and ignoring social distancing.

“Gran Torino” at 131 Berry Street in Brooklyn, on August 6, 2020

On August 4th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed six patrons at three separate tables eating and drinking inside, in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders which do not permit indoor service in NYC.

“The End Zone” at 149-44 14th Avenue in Queens, on August 6, 2020

On August 5th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed seven patrons being served inside the premises — which is prohibited in New York City — from a bartender without a facial covering.

“Bestia Kitchen” at 1353 Edward L Grant Highway in the Bronx, on August 5, 2020

On July 31st, investigators observed eight patrons standing in front of the premises, in addition to four employees — including the manager — without facial coverings. Loud music was playing outside, encouraging patrons to congregate and cars to double park in front of the establishment, with investigators documenting a server, who was not wearing a mask, delivering beverages to one of the parked cars without food. Investigators also documented three patrons inside the premises, one drinking alcohol and two smoking hookah.

“O’Side Restaurant & Lounge” at 1472 Ogden Avenue in the Bronx, on August 5, 2020

On August 2nd, investigators observed an overcrowded nightclub-like atmosphere directly in front of the premises, with music blasting, numerous patrons blocking the sidewalk, drinking, mingling, standing, and ignoring social distancing guidelines. In addition, a security guard was observed without a facial covering.

“Anaiah Restaurant” at 744 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, on August 5, 2020

On July 30th, investigators with the state’s multi-agency task force observed 15 patrons drinking and smoking hookah in a shed constructed in the rear yard of the premises. The restaurant had no food service at the time of the inspection, with investigators also documenting three employees without facial coverings.

“Signature & Faberge” at 2007-2011 Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn, on August 5, 2020 

On July 24th NYPD officers observed approximately 150-200 patrons in front of and inside of the premises at 1:30 a.m., in flagrant violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders and past the 11 p.m. curfew for outside dining in New York City. The NYPD reports they have issued numerous warnings to the establishment, with the restaurant requiring constant police presence during the weekends.

 

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