SLA Suspends Delilah’s Liquor License After Weekend of Slashings and Fights

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 at 5:09 am by

Hey there, Delilah, it’s time to give up the ghost.

The controversial, year-old club Delilah is in deep shit. Yesterday afternoon, the State Liquor Authority suspended its liquor license (corporate name Rivington F&B LLC) during its biweekly full board hearing. The decisive action follows on the heels of a multi-agency sting on-premise just last week.

In its determination, the Authority cited a string of incidents around New Year’s.

As we first reported on December 30, three patrons of Delilah were slashed outside the bar shortly after an argument sparked between two groups of customers. One of the victims required 250 stitches after being slashed across the throat. The next day, on New Year’s Eve, a bouncer allegedly assaulted a bar-goer, but told cops that it was done in self-defense. Police later found that the bouncer hadn’t completed an annual security training since 2006. New Year’s Day proved equally controversial when cops busted the bar for illegally hosting an open bar and for hosting above the maximum occupancy limit for the building.

The violent, booze-filled weekend helped trigger the M.A.R.C.H. raid on Delilah last Thursday, which resulted in dozens of violations.

“It’s clear that this licensee has put the profits of his business over the safety of his patrons, and that the continued operation of this establishment presents a severe threat to welfare of the community,” SLA counsel Christopher Riano noted in the proceedings.

Paul Seres is one of the bar’s owners – also behind The DL – and is included on the liquor license. He was rumored to have been considered for the city’s Night Mayor gig when Mayor de Blasio last year created the city Office of Nightlife. It appears he did not get the position.

“Not only did the licensee and his staff put patrons in serious physical danger by failing to call 911 during numerous emergency situations, but management and staff also refused to seek medical treatment for unconscious victims that were over-served at his establishment,” Riano also said.

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