Kennedy Restaurant’s Liquor License Suspended After Breaking COVID-19 Rules

KENNEDY – A restaurant in Kennedy had its liquor license suspended after violating New York State’s COVID-19 regulations.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office says Big Shots Kennedy Grill at 674 Route 394 is among 36 bars and restaurants who are tagged with violations in the latest sweep by the State Liquor Authority.

Following community complaints in late October, a Liquor Authority Investigator visited the establishment and found around 20 patrons without facial coverings standing at the bar, drinking, mingling and congregating while ignoring social distancing.

Furthermore, the investigator says the dining area had been turned into a makeshift dance floor, with tables pushed against the wall and patrons dancing and playing pool and darts.

The agent was also able to purchase a drink without food from a bartender, who did not have a facial covering, noting no evidence of food served during the entirety of the inspection.

The State Liquor Authority says it is continuing enforcement efforts statewide, with a specific focus on areas with dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases, including state-designated micro-cluster zones.

To date 279 licenses has been suspended for state COVID-19 violations.

The Governor previously rolled out new rules for bars and restaurants in an attempt to limit gathers to slow the spread of COVID-19.


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