Governor Suspends Liquor Licenses in Two Erie County Establishments, Makes for 279 Total Suspensions Statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state has suspended liquor licenses for 36 additional bars and restaurants in New York State after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 279. In total, 1,867 charges have been filed against bars and restaurants for violating rules meant to stop the spread and keep New Yorkers safe. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license.  

The following establishments had their liquor license in Erie County suspended this week:

“The Cowboy” at 45 West Chippewa in Buffalo, on November 13, 2020 On November 8th, the Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office conducted an inspection of the crowded premises, finding approximately 30 patrons in a nightclub-like atmosphere with a DJ and patrons standing, drinking and mingling without facial coverings. Erie County DOH report previously visiting the premises on August 21st and issuing a warning regarding employees without facial coverings.”

“Clinton Bar & Grill” at 2460 Clinton Street in West Seneca, on November 20, 2020 On November 18th, SLA investigators conducted surveillance of the premises, observing multiple cars park at and patrons enter, despite the fact the establishment’s lights were off in an apparent attempt to appear be closed. When investigators entered, they found approximately 20 patrons crowded around the bar drinking, standing, and mingling well after the mandatory 10:00 PM statewide closing time implemented to combat COVID.”