The owner of Phil's Crummy Corner in Red Hook has decided to raise the drinking age limit to 25 at his bar, in the hopes of reducing noise complaints from the neighbors. DNAinfo reports that there have been 22 complaints filed with 311 about the tavern over the last year, and in September, a young woman was punched and kicked by a group of people standing outside Phil's. Owner Phil Marcano tells the Post: "Right now, we do 25 and up...Sometimes if we know a person, we let them in, but if they're under 25, we don't serve them." Currently, the rule is being enforced after 10 p.m.
The Post notes that under Title 8 of the city administrative code, it's unlawful for a public establishment to discriminate based on age, gender, race, or religion. When this was pointed out to Marcano, he explained: "Anybody can come in the restaurant anytime they want...If the bartenders check their ID and want to serve them, they can. We don't bar people. We just mention [25 and up] just to keep it on the safe side." The neighbors seem pleased by this development.
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