Cuomo: Freeport restaurant has liquor license suspended after ignoring social distancing guidelines
A Nassau bar landed on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest round of establishments that had their liquor licenses suspended due to violations of pandemic executive orders.
Elliot's Restaurant and Bar was among the 38 establishments Tuesday to have an emergency order of summary suspension from the State Liquor Authority Board. It is the only one not located in New York City's five boroughs.
According to Cuomo, the suspension came after investigators observed multiple patrons walking around and drinking at an outside bar, kitchen staff without facial coverings, and management serving patrons alcohol without food on Aug. 5.
The manager then tried to use fake receipts with food orders, but later admitted he made them up and that the venue was running a bar service, Cuomo says.
Cuomo says two hours later, Elliot's was caught continuing to operate and when investigators returned, they found around 100 people crammed into the location.
Investigators contacted the Freeport Police Department. When police arrived, they found nearly 70 patrons crowded next to each other at the outside bar, drinking and ignoring social distancing, Cuomo says.
According to the release, suspension orders remain in effect indefinitely, with the maximum penalty including the permanent revocation of the license and fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
In the latest round of suspensions, 12 came in Manhattan, 10 in Queens, seven in the Bronx, six in Brooklyn, and two in Staten Island.
So far, the state's Liquor Authority has handed down 132 license suspensions.
FULL LIST: Aug. 11 Liquor License Suspensions