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Cuomo: Kenmore bar's liquor license suspended for COVID-19 related violations

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jul 30, 2020

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Kenmore bar now has a suspended liquor license after receiving violations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order stating that bars must serve food with alcohol.

According to the governor's office, The Village Line on Kenmore Avenue received complaints that food was not being served at the bar.

An investigator with the State Liquor Authority visited the bar on July 24. The governor's office says the investigator requested a menu from an employee and was told "he could go next door for pizza and bring it back to the bar."

The Village Inn was charged with "violating Executive Order 202.52 for serving alcohol without food, in addition to a charge of "non bona fide" for not having food available, which has been a requirement of all licensed taverns dating back to 1964," according to the statement.

"The rising rate of infection among young people and the issue of crowded bars is not unique to New York -- the World Health Organization has warned about it, states all across the country are dealing with it, and even the President has said young people should avoid bars -- but we are taking decisive action in the Empire State to make sure it does not undermine our progress against the coronavirus," Governor Cuomo said. "Last night, our task force observed violations at 41 more establishments downstate, and today we are suspending 7 bars from across the state that have flouted coronavirus-related rules. The State Police and State Liquor Authority are doing their jobs -- and we need local governments to step up and do theirs."