The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) today announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on November 17, 2022 in Queens. SLA investigators, working with NYPD Queens Vice and an underage agent, conducted an underage-drinking operation visiting seven licensed premises. In total, the undercover agents were able to purchase alcohol at four of the seven businesses visited.
The businesses alleged to have sold to a minor were:
- El Nuevo Patio Inc. (d/b/a: El Patio)
218-21 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village
- Shorty’s Place 182 Corp.
182-13 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica
The businesses refusing to sell to a minor were:
- Fiesta Food Market Inc.
80-65 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens
- Saiful Deli Grocery Inc.
123-02 Metropolitan Ave, Kew Gard
- 13115 Jamaica Bar Corp. (d/b/a: Casa NYC)
131-15 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill
- Jasorda Henry (d/b/a: Lovelles Guiding Light)
148-33 Hillside Ave, Jamaica
- Tropical Dining Enterprises Inc. (d/b/a: Palm Court Restaurant & Lounge)
171-16 Hillside Ave, Jamaica
Licensees charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $4,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face possible suspension, cancellations, or revocation of their licenses. In addition, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. Undercover agents work under the direct supervision of SLA Beverage Control Investigators.