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Police find underage patrons at Founding Fathers

Posted at 5:39 AM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 15:57:23-04

Hours after being named one of the best bars in America, Buffalo Police responded to a disturbance outside of Founding Fathers Pub. That led to the discovery of around 30 underage people inside the bar, according to police officials.

Police say they were on routine patrol Friday night when they came upon what looked like some kind of fight outside of the Edward Street bar. Police say that disturbance led them to enter the bar, where they say they discovered 30 young people attending some type of underage alcohol party.

A 7 Eyewitness News crew found police checking the identification of young adults inside of the pub around 2 a.m. This comes hours after we reported that Founding Fathers one of Esquire Magazine's best bars in America.

The patrons were soon released to their guardians. The case has been handed over to the New York State Liquor Authority who will conduct a full investigation. At this time, Founding Fathers remains open.

An official from the liquor authority says the owners of the bar could face charges of sale of alcohol to a minor. The severity of the punishment depends on the number of confirmed violations in this case coupled with previous violations.

The bar was cited in March 2008 for using a table to extend the bar without prior approval from the liquor authority and in June 2010 for allowing alcohol to be consumed off premises.