NEW PALTZ — Grimaldi’s, a pizzeria and popular hangout for college students, may not see that crowd for a while. The The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the license of the owner of the 119 Main Street business, effective immediately.
“The SLA will not hesitate in taking emergency action against bars that cater to minors,” said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen. “We will continue working with the New Paltz Police and our partners in law enforcement across the state to hold licensees accountable.”
The suspension, announced Wednesday, follows complaints of underage and excessive drinking at the bar that resulted in a December 6 undercover SLA probe that determined that a large percentage of the 75 people appeared to be underage drinkers.
The investigators called New Paltz police to conduct a joint undercover compliance inspection. SLA investigators documented 15 minors directly purchasing alcohol from a bartender, and obtained statements from five other underage patrons admitting to purchasing and consuming alcohol there.
Subsequently, the SLA charged the bar with 23 violations, including underage sales, unlicensed bouncers, contaminated bottles, and failure to supervise the premises. All 20 minors were issued tickets for possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Five also were ticketed for criminal possession of a forged instrument — an illegal ID — and four others were ticketed for criminal impersonation.
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