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• Albany Co. underage bar raids continue

26 Mar

GUILDERLAND, NY — Attention all you over-21s with baby faces. If you plan to order an adult beverage at any Crossgates Mall restaurant, don’t be insulted if you’re carded. Chances are all establishments there are being extra careful about checking customers’ ages.

State Police made three arrests at the suburban mall during an underage drinking sting Friday.

Houlihan’s, The Standard and Ruby Tuesday’s all were cited from among 18 bars, convenience stores and liquor stores checked throughout Albany County. Those arrested were employees of the restaurants, and each was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child.

The next step is for the businesses to be reported to the New York State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for possible prosecution.

The stings were the most recent in an ongoing line of investigations of underage drinking and related offenses that have been taking place the past few months in Albany County.

  • On March 10, the Landing Zone bar in Latham was raided and closed by the New York State Liquor Authority for its latest round of charges on selling to minors.
  • On February 5, SLA investigators pounced on Sadie Klutz, a downtown Albany bar loaded with more than twice the number of patrons allowed at one time and a bunch of minors being served. Its license was suspended.
  • On December 16, Chubby’s bar on Washington Avenue in Albany was cited for the same violations and had its license suspended.

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