More Than 200 NY Bars, Restaurants Lose Liquor License In COVID Crackdown

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ALBANY (WCBS 880) — Over 200 businesses have now had their liquor licenses suspended statewide for violating coronavirus restrictions, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. 

This week, the governor’s office announced they had conducted more than 4,500 compliance checks at businesses throughout the state and 33 establishments had their liquor license suspended for "egregious violations of coronavirus-related regulations."

A total of 22 businesses in New York City had their licenses revoked during the week.

Queens saw the largest number of violations with 12 businesses being issued violations. Manhattan had six, Brooklyn had 2 and the Bronx and Staten Island each had one. 

On Long Island, Suffolk County had three violations and Nassau had one. 

"New Yorkers have worked together to stop the spread of coronavirus -- but with our infection rate hovering around 1 percent and the threat of a second wave on the horizon, we must double down on the successful strategies that have helped us over the last six months," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "While it is clear the increased enforcement by our task force has made an impact, we cannot let ourselves become complacent or allow those coming from other states to import indifference for these critical public health rules. This action should serve as a reminder to the small number of establishments who openly flout the rules that they are putting all New Yorkers at risk, and they will be held accountable."

A total of 201 businesses’ liquor licenses were suspended as of Friday and 1,084 charges have been filed and processed.

State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley says the crackdown has led to more compliance across the state.

“We will continue to crack down on the small number of businesses that continue to operate in violation of the law and common sense -- risking both New Yorkers' health and our continued progress,” he said.

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The 33 businesses who most recently lost liquor licenses:
  • "Clubhouse" at 325 Central Avenue in Albany, on August 29, 2020
  • "Belle Harbor Yacht Club" at 533 Beach 126th Street in Queens, on August 29, 2020
  • "Karvouna Mezze" 241 Bowery in Manhattan, on August 29, 2020
  • "Temptations" at 10 Carlough Road in Bohemia, on September 1, 2020
  • "SoHo KTV & Bar" at 32-02 Linden Place in Queens, on September 1, 2020
  • "CJ Diamond Café" at 41-02 College Point Boulevard in Queens, on September 2, 2020
  • "Plaza Papo Deli" at 350-26 East Main Street in Patchogue, on September 2, 2020
  • "La Troncalena Lounge & Restaurant" at 102-10 37th Avenue in Queens, on September 2, 2020
  • "Black Emperor Bar" at 197 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, on September 2, 2020
  • "Las Lagunas Deli Grocery" at 281 Saint Nicholas Avenue in Queens, on September 4, 2020
  • "Taqueria Diana" at 524 9th Avenue in Manhattan, on September 4, 2020
  • "Three Bear Inn" at 3 Broome Street in Marathon, on September 4, 2020
  • "We Go KTV" at 36-10 Union Street in Queens, on September 4, 2020
  • "Off-Key Tikki" at 32 Baker Place in Patchogue, on September 4, 2020  
  • "Sabor Norteno" at 102-06 43rd Avenue on Queens, on September 5, 2020
  • "The Skinny Bar Lounge" at 174 Orchard Street in Manhattan, on September 5, 2020
  • "Sushiva" at 615 9th Street in Manhattan, on September 5, 2020
  • "Zurang" at 41-14 162nd Street in Queens, on September 7, 2020
  • "Marco's" at 1071 Broadway in Brooklyn, on September 7, 2020
  • "Kochi" at 652 10th Avenue in Manhattan, on September 9, 2020
  • "Casa Rubio Restaurant" at 98-05 Northern Boulevard in Queens, on September 9, 2020
  • "Klassique Bar & Lounge" at 3813-3817 Boston Road in the Bronx, on September 9, 2020
  • "Masons on Alexander" at 315 Alexander Street in Rochester, on September 9, 2020
  • "Sunny Grocery & Discount" at 131-13 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, on September 11, 2020
  • "3 in 1 Deli Grocery" at 131-11 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, on September 11, 2020
  • "Wolff's Biergarten" 165 Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, on September 11, 2020
  • "Blue Bar & Grill" at 30 North Broadway in Yonkers, on September 11, 2020
  • "Toku Modern Asian" at 2014C Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, on September 12, 2020
  • "Joyce's Tavern" at 3823-3825 Richmond Avenue on Staten Island, on September 12, 2020
  • "Risky Business Café" at 18 Lebanon Street in Hamilton, on September 12, 2020
  • "Emmett Mahoney's Irish Pub and Steakhouse" at 35 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, on September 12, 2020
  • "Suenos Americano Bar Restaurant" at 35-14 & 35-16 Junction Boulevard in Queens, on September 13, 2020
  • "Patrizia Pizza" at 35 Broadway in Brooklyn, on September 13, 2020