CNY bar loses license after second coronavirus violation, now on the market

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Central Sq., N.Y. — David’s Hideaway, a bar and grill on Route 11 close to the Brewerton Speedway, has been cited for the second time this 12 months for violating the state’s coronavirus restrictions.

This time, the State Liquor Authority suspended its license. David’s Hideaway, at 68 Route 11, had beforehand been cited (however not suspended) on July 24.

Now, proprietor David Buono has put it up on the market.

After the latest SLA inspection, on Oct. 2, David’s Hideaway posted this message on its Fb web page: “On account of the COVID-19 restrictions, we’re having a tough time getting prospects to conform. We don’t want to lose our license over just some individuals who nonetheless fail to adjust to the only of guidelines. To all of our common prospects who constantly supported us all through this pandemic, we thanks very a lot and sit up for seeing you once more when these restrictions are lifted. As soon as once more, thanks all on your continued assist.”

The SLA board pulled Buono’s license in emergency listening to on Oct. 4. Bars with suspended licenses are entitled to hearings however face fines of as much as $10,000 to have their proper to promote alcohol restored.

On Thursday, this message appeared on the David’s Hideaway Fb web page: “As of proper now, David sadly has determined to hold up his boots and retire. We’ll all miss him drastically, however that creates new alternatives.”

The submit famous that the bar is out there as a “turnkey operation,” that means a brand new operator may take it over as is. The worth is $399,000.

Buono is a long-time veteran of Central New York’s nightlife scene, and as soon as operated what he referred to as the realm’s first disco within the Nineteen Seventies — Orpheus on Butternut Avenue in Syracuse. He initially opened the bar close to the speedway on Route 11 in 2015 as a retro disco referred to as Orpheus Two, full with a dance ground, disco ball and pulsating music.

It later modified its idea to David’s Hideaway, with a patio, bar and, earlier than the pandemic, stay music.

As of right now (Oct. 16), the SLA has suspended 234 liquor licenses throughout the state since Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued his first coronavirus govt orders in March. The overwhelming majority are in New York Metropolis and Lengthy Island.

The suspensions are for what state officers name probably the most “egregious” violations, sometimes that means massive crowds of individuals discovered to be ignoring guidelines on carrying masks or social distancing.

This the SLA’s description of the investigation at David’s Hideaway:

“On October 2nd, following complaints of social distancing violations, SLA investigators made an undisclosed go to to the premises, observing roughly twenty patrons inside and two bartenders with out facial coverings. Inside half an hour, a band started to carry out and the gang doubled in measurement, reaching the purpose the place there have been no seats obtainable to accommodate patrons. Investigators noticed quite a few patrons standing and consuming all through the premises, together with roughly twenty patrons crowded across the bar, most with out facial coverings. This enterprise is a repeat offender and was fined $1,500 in late August for Government Order violations, together with lack of social distancing and workers with out facial coverings.”

The 234 suspensions are among the many 1,330 violations issued by the SLA since March. Bars and different venues cited however not suspended are accused of violations that don’t rise to the extent of “egregious.”

The newest report on bars discovered to be in violation in need of suspension consists of greater than a dozen in Central New York. The listing was made public right now.

In Onondaga County, which has not but had a violation that rose to the extent of emergency suspension, these cited for the reason that final report on the finish of September embrace:

· Brick Home Billiards, 3707 Brewerton Highway in North Syracuse. Charged on Sept. 29.

· Hornet’s Nest, 206 Brooklea Drive, Fayetteville. Charged on Sept. 30.

· Heritage Hill Brewhouse, 3149 Candy Highway, Pompey. Charged on Oct. 6.

· Wolff’s Biergarten, 106 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Charged on Oct. 6.

· The Penny, 321 W. Fayette St., Syracuse. Charged on Oct. 6.

One bar in Oswego County was cited however not suspended for the reason that final SLA report:

· Cindy’s Ship & Shore, 56 Kellar Highway, Central Sq.. Charged Oct. 15.

These bars retain their liquor licenses and have the fitting to attraction to the SLA board. They will face fines.


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Don Cazentre writes for, and The Publish-Normal. Attain him at, or comply with him at, on Twitter or Fb

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