Cafe That Sued SLA Over ‘Pandemic Parties’ Won’t Win Back Liquor License Just Yet

An East Village hookah lounge that reportedly hosted “pandemic parties” has failed to secure a temporary injunction requiring the State Liquor Authority to reinstate its liquor license, and will now petition the New York Supreme Court.

Cloister Cafe sued the New York State Liquor Authority on August 17, arguing that its rights to due process were violated when its liquor license was suspended during an emergency meeting on Aug. 7. The meeting occurred just hours after an SLA investigator and members of the New York City Sheriff’s Office visited the East 9th Street hookah bar and allegedly found patrons being served indoors and failing to adhere to social distancing requirements.

The State Liquor Authority claims it acted on dozens of recent 311 complaints as well as videos…

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