Dozens more NYC establishments hit with social-distancing violations
The State Liquor Authority handed out an additional 105 violations to bars and restaurants located in downstate New York — mostly in NYC — over the weekend, the New York Post reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo first made the announcement on his Twitter account Sunday morning, and noted that liquor license suspensions as a result of these violations would be announced this week.
The SLA did not immediately disclose which bars had been cited, but last week the agency published a spreadsheet that keeps track of all the establishments that have been cited. As of Monday morning, the list hadn’t been updated. The latest action falls in line with Cuomo’s announcements in the past couple of weeks that he would crack down on bars and restaurants that had large crowds repeatedly gathering in front of them. Punishments vary, but bars can face up to $10,000 in fines in violations, or in the most egregious instances, see their liquor licenses suspended.
Last week, the SLA temporarily suspended the liquor licenses of six NYC establishments due to social-distancing violations. The agency also documented violations at 84 New York restaurants and bars between July 21 and July 23.
In other news
— Korean tasting menu restaurant Atomix reopens this Wednesday for the first time since it shutdown in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The $125 four-course tasting menu will only be available for pick-up at the restaurant and the menu will change weekly.
— Bushwick has a new Vietnamese-influenced café in the form of High Low Beverage Company, located at 295 Wyckoff Avenue, near Linden Street. Matthew Tilden, of cult-favorite Bed-Stuy bakery Scratchbread, has developed pastries for the new spot.
— A new Tibetan restaurant called Lhasa is set to replace the space vacated by chef Simone Tong’s Little Tong Noodle Shop, at East 11th Street.
— Longtime neighborhood diner Tribeca’s Kitchen reopened for outdoor dining last week following the death of owner Andreas Koutsoudakis from complications related to COVID-19, in March. His son is now leading the charge, and the restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
— An intriguing start to the week: