February 15, 2019

SLA Issues Emergency Suspension for Rochester Bar

SLA Issues Emergency Suspension for Rochester Bar
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Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) summarily suspended the license of Kaab LLC., doing business as “Schramrocks Irish Pub” at 200 Park Point Drive in Rochester. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley, Commissioner Lily Fan, and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a special meeting of the Full Board on February 15, 2019. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises.


On February 10th at approximately 1:00 am, the Henrietta Fire Department responded to a 911 call for overcrowding at the premises. Firefighters arriving found a large unruly crowd outside the pub and called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) for assistance. MCSO deputies and firefighters entered the premises, where they encountered a large hostile crowed packed inside the bar. Authorities observed security staff forcefully remove two patrons and discharge pepper spray causing numerous patrons to flee the establishment coughing, crying and vomiting. As patrons poured out of the pub, dozens of physical altercations ensued directly outside the bar and in the adjacent parking lot.


When the location was finally secured with the assistance from officers of Brighton Police Department, authorities interviewed the pub’s manager and the event promoter, who were unaware of the number of patrons inside or the maximum occupancy of the bar. MCSO deputies later received reports from Strong Memorial Hospital of three individuals stabbed during the melee, with one reporting he was stabbed inside the bar and another near the firetruck directly outside. A third victim was not interviewed as he was receiving emergency medical treatment. An officer later discovered a knife in the parking lot directly outside the pub and a trail of blood in the breezeway of the establishment.

 

On February 14, 2019, the SLA charged Schramrocks with six violations resulting from this incident, including operating a disorderly premise, failure to supervise, failure to conform to their application for using a promoter, and for becoming a focal point for police attention. Three additional charges for operating a disorderly premise were leveled against Schramrocks based on reports provided to the SLA by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detailing unruly crowds and fights breaking out on June 4, 2017, August 19, 2018, and on December 2, 2018.


“This licensee has created an incredibly dangerous environment that threatens the safety of their customers, the police, first responders, and ultimately the surrounding community,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano. “The SLA has an obligation to help ensure the safety of this community, and licensees who simply turn the keys over to a promoter and turn a blind eye to what transpires inside their establishment will lose the privilege of holding a liquor license.”


Schramrocks was recently fined $10,000 by the SLA on February 6, 2019 for a charge of availing their liquor license for allowing Andrew Schram, who is not licensed by the SLA, to operate the business. Schram was the previous owner of Nathaniel’s Pub in Rochester until the license was ultimately canceled by the SLA on July 1, 2014 after amassing $22,500 in fines for numerous sales to minors and offering unlimited drink specials.


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.


On the Web: www.sla.ny.gov


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