State Suspends Dudley’s Liquor License Over Sidewalk Dining Enclosures

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

The State Liquor Authority wielded its hammer last weekend, summarily suspending the liquor license of Dudley’s on Orchard Street.

At issue was the sprawling street eatery constructed by the business, which wraps the corner of Broome Street. Inspectors paid a visit on January 15, and witnessed forty-five patrons “dining within inside enclosures located on the sidewalk in front of the licensed premises.”

In other words, Dudley’s created an indoors situation on the sidewalk; and the state banned indoors dining in mid-December.

The “Order of Summary Suspension of License” was taped to the facade. And public records already reflect the disciplinary action, showing the license as “inactive.”

Dudley’s acknowledges the order with announcements of its own around the space. Handbills read – “Due to an ongoing discussion with the authorities regarding whether our outdoor tables are actually outdoors, we are unfortunately not allowed to serve alcohol at this time.”

This prohibition, while likely temporary, doesn’t appear to affect business. It’s still jammed.

Meanwhile, the boisterous nature of the block during pandemic times has led some neighbors to bestow the corner of Orchard and Broome Streets as Hell Square south.

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