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Ban on Sportsmen's Tavern advertisements deemed unconstitutional

Posted at 10:17 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 22:19:38-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Last month the State Liquor Authority declared that restaurants playing music could not advertise for those acts, something that the Sportsmen's Tavern took issue with.

"If you can't advertise what you do then how are you expected to get customers," Co-owner Jason Hall said.

That decision was overturned on Wednesday as Judge Sedita of New York's 8th Judicial District declared it unconstitutional. This, according to Sportsmen's lawyer Paul Cambria, allows the tavern to begin advertising, selling tickets, and charging cover immediately.

"It was a huge exhale," Hall said.

This court decision only covers the Sportsmen's tavern as other restaurants would have to file for a similar decision.