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State Suspends Liquor Licenses of 10 Queens Establishments, Including Astoria’s Bohemian Hall Beer Garden

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Aug. 12, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Ten more Queens bars and restaurants had their liquor licenses suspended over the past week — including New York’s oldest beer garden — as the state continues to crack down against establishments that violate coronavirus regulations.

The state’s task force led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority (SLA) conducted more than 6,800 compliance checks over the last week. Investigators issued violations to 162 businesses and suspended the liquor licenses of 38 establishments across New York City and Long Island, including Astoria’s Bohemian Hall Beer Garden.

Businesses that violate COVID-19 regulations — such as face mask requirements, no indoor dining, social distancing, serving past the 11 p.m. dining curfew or serving alcohol without food — face fines up to $10,000 per violation.

Egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license

“The task force has been hard at work to protect the public’s health and will continue to hold these establishments, who think they are above the law and immune to this pandemic, accountable for endangering the lives of New Yorkers,” SLA Chair Vincent Bradley said.

More than a third of COVID-related liquor license suspensions have been at Queens businesses over the course of the pandemic.

To date, 132 businesses across the state have been slapped with suspensions during the coronavirus pandemic, including 47 in Queens.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York won’t allow the violators of COVID safety measures to ruin the state’s success in beating back the virus.

“We will not allow a handful of bad actors or reckless businesses to halt or reverse New York’s progress,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This is about enforcement, and while state investigators are working tirelessly to enforce compliance, local governments must step up and do their jobs.”    

The ten most recent Queens businesses that had their liquor licenses suspended include:

El Trono De Mexico Sports Bar, located at 38-19 69th St. in Woodside, on Aug. 11

El Marquez, located at 88-11 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, on Aug. 11

Mangu Patio, located at 122-07 15th Ave. in College Point, on Aug. 10

Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall, located at 29-19 24th Ave. in Astoria, on Aug. 9

Café Expresso, located at 25-51 Steinway St. in Astoria, on Aug. 9

Pyramids Hookah and Bar, located at 40-19 Bell Blvd. in Bayside, on Aug. 9

Aliada, located at 29-19 Broadway in Astoria, on Aug. 8

Dominie’s, located at 34-07 30th Ave. in Astoria, on Aug. 7

The Village Green, located at 14-17 150th St. in Whitestone, on Aug. 6

The End Zone, located at 149-44 14th Ave. in Whitestone, on Aug. 6

Investigators found a variety of violations at the 10 establishments, including alcohol being served without food, a lack of facial coverings on patrons and/or employees and patrons drinking and congregating outside.

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Ade

Well, I’m thinking independent business owners are being attacked, this is unjust! .. The Government is well aware that most of these businesses won’t be able to recoup from these fines and losing their liquor license. Wake up, the government isn’t on your side. They don’t want people to Owen anything, Houses, land, businesses. The future is bleak. Ugh!! 😢

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Mason

I believe that alot of this is NOTHING more than a reason to put these establishments OUT OF BUSINESS

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Concerned Citizen

The corner bar on Vernon Blvd. and 50th Avenue sells alcohol to go with no food. Grab your drink and jump on the subway.

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LIC Res

They need to keep an eye on other restaurants in LIC. There a few on Vernon and Center BLVD that do not ID patrons. I’ve seen teens buying and drinking alcohol in that area.

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Freddy

That us what you call leadership. Violators must be held accountable for their stupid actions,,,thanks to Governor,Coumo.

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Carlos Narvaez

Check the ones on northern blvd , nobody wears masks! From 88st down to 80th street

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Leonard

In this difficult times our lives are more important, than having fun at the Bar’s, rushing the lives of other people that is not going to happen.

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Sara Ross

After being either closed for months or only making money through take out or delivery, why would restaurant owners jeopardize their liquor licenses (which are the money makers in any restaurant business) or risk being closed permanently? More people don’t need to be out of work and why are they risking the lives of their workers? Who cares about the people being stupid enough to not follow mask and distancing rules. I feel more sorry for the workers and the first responders in hospitals who are beyond over worked and hospitals are beyond over crowded.

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Jason

Cuomo and De Blasio are killing whatever little business the bars/restaurants have left.
The city is economically disabled.
At what point is the remedy worse than the disease? INSANITY

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