Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Gin Palace got some buzzy press when it recently opened on the corner of Avenue A and East Sixth Street, particularly for its gin on taps, as featured above in the Post.
Last evening, Robert Simonson at Diner's Journal reported that the New York State Liquor Authority turned off those taps on Monday, citing them as illegal. An SLA spokesperson said that charges were not brought against Gin Palace.
Meanwhile, bar owner Ravi DeRossi believes what Gin Palace is doing is legal, and plans to fight the ruling at a July 20 hearing, according to Diner's Journal.
DeRossi thinks the SLA's action stems from a Prohibition-era law "that forbids a bar from taking alcohol from a bottle, pouring it into another and serving it." Apparently the SLA amended that law to allow for the use of frozen margaritas machines.
Anyway, Gin Palace is still open serving drinks not coming from a gin-and-tonic tap.