Maspeth Pizza, located at 59-60 55th Road, is one of three establishments in Queens to have their liquor licenses suspended for violating New York’s COVID-19 guidelines, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On Tuesday, the governor announced that the State Liquor Authority suspended the licenses of Brik Bar (Astoria), Made In Astoria (Astoria) and Maspeth Pizza (Maspeth), as well as Secrets Gentlemen’s Club on Long Island.
The suspension will stay in effect until each business attends a hearing, according to reports.
Here’s what Governor Cuomo had to say on Tuesday about the suspensions:
The restaurants and bars that encourage young people to congregate threaten to bring us back to the hell we experienced three months ago – yesterday, the State Liquor Authority suspended the liquor licenses of four bars and restaurants. This is a dangerous situation, and the bad operators will make it worse for themselves and everyone, so be smart, wear a mask, stay New York Tough.”
According to multiple reports, Maspeth Pizza was warned several times for serving alcohol to patrons who were congregating outside the site. SLA investigators saw customers standing, dancing and drinking in violation of social distancing rules.
New York State has suspended 27 liquor licenses and brought 410 charges against eateries across New York for what Governor Cuomo says is a “dangerous situation” by letting people congregate.