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Lockport bar's liquor license suspended, accused of violating New York PAUSE order on two occasions

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Posted at 4:02 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 16:02:14-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor license of Mr. Quiggley's in Lockport, after two reports from the Lockport Police Department that the bar was violating the New York on PAUSE Executive Order.

According to the liquor authority, Lockport Police first responded to Mr. Quiggley's on West Avenue in Lockport on April 10, after receiving a call reporting an altercation at the bar. Police say they found five people inside the bar, some of whom admitted to drinking in the bar. Officers determined people involved in the altercation were drunk, and had been "drinking at the bar for hours."

Following that call, the manager received a warning that Mr. Quiggley's was violating the executive order preventing bars and restaurants from serving people in dining rooms. Businesses can offer takeout and delivery options. On May 6th, the liquor authority charged Mr. Quiggley's with failing to comply with the executive order and failure to supervise. The bar's liquor license was not suspended at that time.

Two days later, on May 8, the state liquor authority says it received a second report from the Lockport Police Department about a complaint at Mr. Quiggley's. On that occasion, police told the liquor authority they found three people and the bar's manager inside the bar, drinking. Police say the manager tried to hide drinks behind the bar when they arrived.

On that date, a Lockport Building Inspector also issued Mr. Quiggley's a formal violation notice and the state liquor authority issued additional charges. The Lockport Building Inspection Department issued a closure order for Mr. Quiggley's on Tuesday. It says in addition to violating the executive order, the bar also had a defective fire system.

The emergency suspension of Mr. Quiggley's liquor license takes effect immediately. The bar's owner can have an administrative law hearing, but the suspension remains in effect until the state liquor authority or a court modifies the suspension.