Reports of gang violence and police complaints of selling alcohol to minors have garnered a suspension of the liquor license for a Sag Harbor bar.
The New York State Liquor Authority yanked the Cigar Bar’s license during a special emergency meeting today, Friday, January 22. The bar has recently been the site of several arrests for assault.
“If you allow violence in your bar we are going to take away your license” said SLA CEO Trina Mead. “The members of the Liquor Authority sent a clear message today that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”
According to the release, reports from the Sag Harbor Village Police Department “documented five separate violent attacks, occurring from October 2009 to present, attacks including the victims being stabbed and slashed. Based on the recent history of escalating violence at the premises including the gang related assaults involving weapons, the persistent pattern of sale to minor, the numerous fights and ensuing arrests, as well as the drain on police department resources, the Members of the SLA voted for an emergency suspension of the license. Effective immediately, no alcohol can be served or consumed on the premises.”
Most recently, the report stated, a fight involving 30 to 40 members of opposing gangs broke out in the bar last Saturday, January 16, spilling out onto the street.
The melee necessitated the village police to call for backup from Southampton and East Hampton town police departments.
On December 29, 2009 Sag Harbor Police responded to a fight involving three minors who had been consuming alcohol at the bar for hours prior to the incident, according the report. Four siblings, who were subsequently arrested, reportedly attacked the three minors, one of whom was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked. Again, the Sag Harbor Police Department summoned the East Hampton Police to assist and help control the violence. Police department reports also noted that the bartender made no effort to contact the police or address the situation.
And on October 29, 2009 at 3:00 a.m., according to the release, another fight broke out inside the bar. One victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for multiple fractures to his face requiring surgery. Again, the bartender on duty made no attempt to stop the fight and failed to contact police, said the report.
When contacted by telephone on Friday evening, a man identifying himself as the bartender said he was unaware of the SLA’s action. The owner of the business had not returned the call prior to this post.
The SLA’s decision to summarily suspend a license is not a final determination on the merits of the case, said the release. The licensee is entitled to an expedited hearing before an administrative law judge to address the alleged violation(s) that led to the suspension. An order of summary suspension remains in effect until such time as it is modified by the State Liquor Authority or reviewing court.