New York has suspended the liquor licenses of 12 city bars after finding violations of executive orders related to the pandemic, such as the closing of stores at 11 p.m., the banning of customers within establishments and the breach of social distancing rules.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a total of 158 business violations in New York City were documented over the weekend, now facing fines of up to $ 10,000 per violation, and in the case of these 12 locations, the Immediate suspension of the liquor license for having committed serious violations.
“Local governments must enforce the law, but the task force has stepped up its efforts and with these additional suspensions we are sending a clear message that the state will not hesitate to take action against businesses that jeopardize health and safety. New Yorkers, “said Cuomo.
These are the 12 establishments whose alcoholic beverages license was suspended. They are all located in Queens.
- “Lima”, at 85-07 Northern Boulevard, in Jackson Heights, Queens: Investigators observed more than 20 customers off-site standing and drinking in a street nightclub setting, ignoring social distancing guidelines and blocking the sidewalk . Furthermore, it had been documented that the premises functioned well beyond the 11 pm curfew.
- “CJ’s Bar and Lounge”, at 139-09 Crossbay Boulevard in Ozone Park, Queens: Five patrons drinking inside the facility were documented, along with not properly spaced outdoor tables and a party atmosphere that spread out in front of a neighboring building. On another occasion, 30 clients who were partying gathered in front of the premises, without facial coverage or social distancing.
- “RubiRosa”, at 8407 Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens: Investigators observed about 25 people standing in front of the venue drinking beverages, ignoring social distancing protocols and not wearing face covers. An employee inside was observed without a facial covering talking to customers who also had no faces covered.
- “Mr. Pancho’s Café”, at 86-09 Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens: The restaurant continued to work after New York City’s 11pm curfew for foreign service, with more than 30 people standing in front to the premises consuming drinks, without food available, without adequate facial coverage and without social distancing. Furthermore, at least three employees were observed without facial coverage.
- “Blue Angel Lounge”, at 112-51 Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, Queens: Customers were observed consuming alcohol without food. A kitchen inspection suggests that the restaurant was in violation of food requirements for some time, evidenced by a rusty grill, deep fryers without oil, an empty refrigerator, an empty food service station, the gas to the appliances turned off, and no kitchen staff on site. In addition, 25 people drinking indoors were documented.
- “De La Mora Restaurant”, at 84-19 Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens: Clients were documented standing, drinking and congregating directly in front of the venue, without covering their faces or observing social distancing. The investigator returned shortly before midnight – well after the 11pm curfew for outside services – to find 30 clients drinking and partying.
- “El Patio Bar”, at 218-21 Jamaica Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens: Investigators observed patrons inside the bar drinking, as well as waiters and kitchen staff without facial coverage. Previously, the venue had operated beyond the 11 p.m. curfew, with a large group of patrons standing and gathered in a nightclub-like environment with no facial coverage or social distancing.
- “The Grand”, at 37-01 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens: The venue operated well beyond the 11pm curfew, with at least a dozen clients directly in front of the venue, and with no facial coverage or distancing Social. The inspection observed a customer drinking alcohol inside and an employee with no facial covering. When the inspection team arrived, a doorman was seen encouraging customers to leave the premises with the containers open.
- “The Paisa Café”, at 87-05 Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens: An investigator served 11 customers standing, drinking, and congregating directly in front of the premises, with no facial coverage or social distancing. The investigator returned at 11:30 at night, to find 25 clients – none of them with facial covers – drinking and meeting in front of the business.
- “Romanticos”, at 76-07 Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens: 13 customers who drank alcohol inside the bar were found and a manager and doorman without facial coverage. The business, a repeat offender, was found violating the Governor’s Executive Order requiring bars and restaurants to adhere to social distancing guidelines to combat the spread of the coronavirus on two previous occasions.
- “Delicia’s Mexicanas”, at 102-14 Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, Queens: Clients seated within the premises were documented, with the manager blocking the investigator’s path as a waitress warned clients to exit through the back door. This business is a repeat offender, who served after the 11 o’clock curfew.
- “The Pomeroy”, at 36-12 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens: More than 15 customers standing and gathered in front of the restaurant were found. Also, employees were not wearing facial covers, the tables were poorly spaced, and the restaurant served non-food drinks.