April 23, 2018
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Albany, NY

SLA Issues Emergency Suspension for Rose Lounge in Queens

SLA Issues Emergency Suspension for Rose Lounge in Queens
Violent Shooting Incident Leads to License Suspension

Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) summarily suspended the license of Rose Lounge NYC LTD, doing business as “Rose Lounge” at 89-25 130th Street in Queens. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley on Friday, April 20th . Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises.

On April 15th two men were shot outside Rose Lounge following a fight that broke out inside the bar, spilling out onto the street. According to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), two brothers were involved in a fight with a third patron inside the premises. After one of the brothers punched the third patron, causing him to fall headfirst onto the floor, the assaulted patron pulled a firearm from his waistband waiving it the air, causing patrons to frantically flee the establishment. Amid the panic, the three patrons involved in the fight exited the premises where the armed patron began firing shots, with one brother suffering gunshot wounds to his right elbow and head, and the other sustaining gunshot wounds to his finger, abdomen, and left forearm.

The shooting was just the latest in a series of disturbing incidents at the Rose Lounge, licensed on March 6, 2018. In just over five weeks in operation, the NYPD has responded to nine incidents at the Rose Lounge, with officers frequently performing directed patrols in front of the location. On March 4th a female patron became so intoxicated that she passed out inside the bar, requiring hospitalization. On March 9th the bar hosted a birthday party for a deceased member of a gang despite warning from the NYPD of similar events leading to disorderly crowds and arrests. On March 25th, officers responded to a 911 call for a fight at the premises requiring additional units to control the dispute. On April 8th, the NYPD responded to a call for overcrowding, observing over 1,000 patrons inside bar with a maximum occupancy of 347. On April 14th, a dispute occurred between the bar’s valet staff and a patron, requiring officers to respond to break up the fight.

On April 17th, the SLA conducted an inspection with officers from the NYPD, NYPD VICE, and the Workers Compensation Board. During the inspection, the NYPD issued nine criminal court summonses, including violations for employing unregistered and untrained security guards, electrical hazards, and fire safety violations. On April 20th, the SLA charged Rose Lounge with 16 violations, including operating a disorderly premises, inadequate supervision, sales to intoxicated patrons, unlicensed bouncers, and for becoming a focal point for police attention.

“In less than two months in operation, this licensee has already demonstrated he is unwilling or incapable of running a lawful establishment,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano. “Two victims have already suffered serious injuries due to the incredibly reckless operation of this bar, and I commend the Authority for shutting this dangerous bar down before anyone else is seriously injured.”

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.

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