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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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Paul

CHECK ROOSEVELT AVE BARS AMD RESTURANT MOSTLY THE GAY BARS 69TH STREET 78TH STREET 75TH STREET

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Frannie

Corner of 46 St & Greenpoint Ave. – they got tables in that red plastic area outside that are less than 2 ft apart. Diners are sitting so close it made me sick and I left. Of course I noticed one of wait staff without mask ? Yes places will do whatever til they get caught!

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If the establishment isn't doing its job then it'd up to the clientele to have a brain.

The diner’s should be 6 feet apart.

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Ria

Well you cant pretend to care by feeding healthcare workers in the beginning for attention and then not do anything to help stop the spread when you open up. Such a bunch of phonies. As they claim how unfair it is on social media the public response should read…”You know the rules and so do I.”

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Peter

People don’t understand the extent of what Cuomo is doing to collapse the restaurant industry in the five boroughs. As for the person who questions the FACT that many restaurants were there for the sick and health care workers, I think she is not getting any of her facts right.

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Anonymous

WOW none in sunnyside or LIC yet.. guess the residents and bar owners understand the rules

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MaryAnne

Reply to Annoymus :
Go to Chicken place on Greenpoint Ave. 46st.
They have no clue what 6 ft apart means when placing tables . Maybe someone needs to habla espanol to them to educate them .

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Dean

This is partly being done to force restaurant and bar goers out of the outer boroughs and into Manhattan. We all know Manhattan is a ghost town after so many rich people fled due to the virus and rioting/looting. Business is struggling and no one wants to stay in a place where they feel insafe.

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Gabriela

Queens has plenty of restaurants and bars. These handful of closings will do little to stop the spread of the virus and prevent those from breaking the rules.

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Bertha

Thank you Cuomo! And thank you to all the people that reported these establishments. Lets make Queens peaceful and quiet again. Hopefully they will now crackdown on the crime and shootings next.

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C'mon feel the noize

Bertha, maybe you should retire to some quiet place upstate somewhere where you can weave baskets and play shuffleboard with no sounds other than birds chirping and leaves rustling in a gentle breeze.

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