The venue believed they had complied with regulations, but the serving of alcohol in the same area where a sister restaurant was serving food, violated Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s July 16 rule.
“The latest safety guidelines mandated by the Governor require that food be served alongside alcohol at all bars, and we thought we were complying with these rules by offering food-to-order from our sister restaurant,” state the owners in an Instagram post on August 29.
According to Brooklyn Paper officials have also penalized the club for loud music and for a few people within its perimeter not following safety guidelines.
They’ll be closed until further notice.
This suspension is a part of a series of state wide crack down of bars and restaurants violating guidelines. So far the State Liquor Authority have suspended 162 liquor licenses as of August 24.
Some restaurant owners have to deal with fines from the Department of Transportation for not complying with the shifting outdoor dining rules.
One Manhattan restaurant owner started a petition in July, urging Cuomo to revoke his executive order of forcing bars to serve food alongside every drink, arguing that it places a burden on struggling businesses.
“The resulting mandate not only puts an onerous burden on bar owners, it has no bearing on safety or health,” read the petition, which has been signed by more than 5,000 people. “All super-spreader events have been about ventilation — or the lack thereof — and proximity, not what the people were ingesting.”