Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) summarily suspended the license of Central American Restaurant Inc., doing business as “Central American Restaurant” located at 1025 Beach 20th Street in Far Rockaway today. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley, Commissioner Lily Fan, and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a special meeting of the Full Board on October 4, 2018. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises. During the suspension period the SLA intends to seek the permanent cancelation or revocation of the license.
On September 23rd, two patrons were brutally stabbed by a highly intoxicated individual, with a third patron hit over the head with a bottle. All three victims required emergency medical services, with one individual critically injured. According to reports from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), patrons are perpetually being overserved, resulting in extreme disorderly behavior, violence and life-threatening injuries. Recent referrals from the NYPD include:
- On September 8th, a group of three highly intoxicated individuals were involved in an altercation, with one female punching two others inside the establishment;
- On September 2nd, a patron was attacked inside the premises by three individuals;
- On January 8th, NYPD officers responded to a call of a patron harassing and threatening to shoot individuals inside the bar.
On October 3rd, the SLA charged the Central American Restaurant with three violations of the ABC Law, including for operating a disorderly premise, failure to supervise, and for not conforming to their application. The SLA has three current cases pending against the Central American Restaurant, including thirty-one charges issued on August 22, 2018, including operating a disorderly premise, employing unlicensed bouncers, lack of supervision, failure to maintain books and records and for becoming a focal point for police attention. The SLA additionally charged the licensee on July 6, 2018 with serving an intoxicated patron and on April 9, 2018 for allowing excessive noise to emanate from the bar.
“The increasing violence and disorder at the bar, including a vicious recent stabbing, clearly shows the licensee is unable or unwilling to run a safe, lawful establishment,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano. “The SLA has an obligation to ensure this violence does not continue, and today’s emergency suspension should serve as a warning to other licensees who jeopardize the safety of their patrons.”
The State Administrative Procedure Act authorizes a State agency to summarily suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action. When the SLA summarily suspends a license, it also serves a Notice of Pleading alleging one or more disciplinary violations. In invoking a summary suspension, the SLA has deemed the violation to be sufficiently serious upon initial review to warrant an immediate suspension. The SLA’s decision to summarily suspend a license is not a final determination on the merits of the case. The licensee is entitled to an expedited administrative law hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. An order of summary suspension remains in effect until such time as it is modified by the SLA or a reviewing Court.