Will drinkers soon be cut off at Chuck E. Cheese?

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 10:13:20-04

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R, C, I-Amherst) is now urging the State Liquor Authority to revoke the restaurant's alcohol serving permits. He also wants a thorough investigation into recent violent incidents at the venue, which caters to children ages 2 to 8 years old.

In April, a brawl between parents erupted inside the Chuck E. Cheese located at Sheridan and Harlem in Amherst. Over the weekend, a fight broke-out between two employees.

According to the Assemblyman's office, Amherst Police have responded to 123 calls from the establishment since June of 2015, including a 2017 parking lot attack where a woman was slashed in the face with a box cutter.

“It is clear that the Amherst Chuck E. Cheese’s has fostered an environment unfit for the consumption of alcohol, and today I’m calling on the State Liquor Authority to immediately address what has become a major concern for our local residents,” said Walter. “No one, adult or child, should be subjected to the unacceptable behavior we’ve seen at this location over the past three years, and I am prepared to pursue all available avenues to ensure the families that choose to patronize this restaurant can do so safely.”

Walters is also questioning the need of alcohol at an establishment that caters primarily to young children. 
Chuck E. Cheese’s most recent violent issue came less than a week after Amherst renewed the facility’s gaming license under several conditions, including the organization’s promise to increase security.


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