SLA Suspends SET LES Liquor License for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Posted on: July 27th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Lower East Side Dwellers

The State Liquor Authority last week issued liquor license suspensions to ten establishments in violation of coronavirus-related mandates, including one on the Lower East Side.

Mere days after boisterous partying outside SET on Ludlow Street – with minimal distancing and few masks in sight – the state enacted a “compliance check” on the premises and shut it down. Apparently the bar was caught in a snare set by the nascent multi-agency task force established to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations. The organ was reportedly tipped off by photos and video shared to social media by local activists from the Lower East Side Dwellers.

“It is disheartening that many New Yorkers continue to sacrifice for the greater good, but the same bad operators pre-pandemic in Hell Square are doing their best to prolong this national nightmare by refusing to follow health precautions and all laws and regulations,” LES Dwellers co-founder Diem Boyd said.

“We applaud Governor Cuomo and the NYS SLA for stepping up enforcement of bars in our area, and hope this will be a wake up call for the many bad operators who refuse to exercise thoughtful restraint of their business model and past behaviors.”

According to the official report:

On July 23rd, Chairman Bradley conducted a compliance check of “Set L.E.S” in Manhattan, finding eight patrons drinking directly in front of the restaurant and approximately 30 patrons congregating near the premises, all without facial coverings and not practicing social distancing. The establishment was operating an obvious outdoor, self-service bar from a window — exactly the kind of service the Executive Orders and SLA restrictions do not allow.

Food service is not affected, though, so the spot remains open. And was so over the weekend, readers tell us.

The aforementioned task force had already conducted nearly 1,100 compliance checks between July 21 and July 23, documenting violations at 84 establishments.

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