Southampton restaurant's liquor license suspended following several apparent COVID-19 rule violations; underage agent served
A Suffolk restaurant has had its liquor license suspended, along with 13 other New York establishments due to coronavirus regulation violations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says.
Cuomo announced 75 Main Group in Southampton was issued an emergency suspension following an investigation from the state Liquor Authority this past weekend.
According to Cuomo's office, SLA investigators, Suffolk police, Southampton Village police and the Suffolk sheriff's office visited 75 Main Group Saturday. They say that evening, a lengthy line of people waiting to get inside was observed, with many not wearing face coverings or social distancing.
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Cuomo's office says investigators saw two bartenders and three servers without face coverings.
Later on, investigators say they returned to see several employees and customers around the bar without face coverings, while other customers wandered up to the bar for shots, which Cuomo says is a violation of his walk-up service order. They also saw long lines for restrooms without social distancing being observed.
Cuomo's office says nearly 30 employees were working Saturday evening, and that none attempted to control lines or stop walk-up service.
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According to the news release, the team of inspectors entered 75 Main Group later that night, leading employees to run and alert staff.
Investigators say once inside, they identified 25 additional violations, including multiple serious health hazards. Four criminal court summonses were issued.
Along with the alleged pandemic violations, Cuomo's office says an 18-year-old undercover agent was able to purchase alcohol multiple times.
Cuomo's office says 75 Main Group has violated coronavirus regulations multiple times. Village police documented over 70 customers eating indoors in June. They also say investigators spotted employees not wearing masks in July.
This is the first Suffolk County restaurant to be issued a suspension this month, but two Nassau establishments in Long Beach and Freeport were issued suspensions over the last two weeks.
Cuomo says thus far, 162 establishments have had liquor licenses suspended during the pandemic. They say businesses found violating regulations face fines of up to $10,000 each or the suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license for more serious violations.