Did City Grill Owners Violate State Liquor Laws?

January 13, 2011 Updated Jan 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 13, 2011 Updated Jan 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

The owners of the City Grill restaurant have pleaded not guilty to employing unlicensed security guards on August 14, 2010, the day eight people were shot outside of the establishment, four of the victims died.

Their attorneys tell Eyewitness News there were in fact licensed security guards working the night of the shooting.
However, the authority says none of the bouncers names showed up on the state department's roster of licensed security guards. The restaurant maintains that what happened inside their establishment had nothing to do with what happened outside.

Nonetheless, their attorney Joseph Shaw, says they are hoping to come to a resolution without going to a hearing.

City Grill doesn't have any prior charges with the SLA and the board will take that into consideration.

A hearing is expected to be scheduled within the next two weeks. If found guilty, they could face fines and have their liquor license suspended.