The bar was found operating in flagrant violation of the governor’s Executive Order to cease on-premises sales of food and alcoholic beverages to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
On March 18, NYPD officers discovered the bar in full operation with approximately 40 patrons inside, ignoring not only the clear directives of the governor, but also a warning from officers the night before to cease operations.
Police report the bar attempted to avoid detection by closing the roll-down gate at the entrance to the premises and slipping patrons in through a rear alley entrance.
“As Governor Cuomo has emphatically stated, these directives are not helpful hints, they are not suggestions, they are mandatory and SLA will not hesitate to take immediate action to protect the public health and safety against the spread of the coronavirus,” said SLA chairman Vincent Bradley. “I want to thank our partners with the NYPD as well as the overwhelming majority of restaurant and bar owners who have followed these undeniably difficult measures, placing the health of their employees and communities above profits in these trying times.”
During the suspension period the SLA intends to seek the permanent cancellation or revocation of the license.