SLA Cancels SET Liquor License Over Coronavirus Safety Violations on Ludlow Street

Posted on: August 17th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Marvin Alvarez

Hell Square is now without one of its more problematic establishments.

The State Liquor Authority last week canceled the license of SET LES, which had been suspended in July for coronavirus-related violations. The agency held a special assembly on August 12 to consider whether to allow several establishments to reopen that had been shut down for coronavirus safety violations.

Ownership attempted to settle the matter for a $25,000 penalty (i.e. a “conditional no-contest plea”), but the counter was denied by the state, and the license cancellation stands.

Cancellation slightly differs from full revocation, which removes the serve liquor at an address for the two years subsequent. So, technically, SET could reapply for a license.

As previously reported, boisterous partying outside SET on Ludlow Street – with minimal distancing and few face masks – caught the attention of the state. They then enacted a “compliance check” on the premises July 23 and shut it down. (SLA Commissioner Vincent Bradley was part of the sting.) 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.

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