[EVG photo from 2014]
The State Liquor Authority (SLA) has yanked the liquor license from Dahlia's on Second Avenue and East Fifth Street after the NYPD found more than 40 teens drinking inside the Mexican restaurant on Jan. 30, the Post reports.
After reportedly serving teens, the SLA served up an emergency liquor license suspension. The restaurant, known as Mary Ann's until 2014, can still sell food, but not alcohol.
Here's some passages from the Post:
[C]ops found the exits locked and more than 40 well-heeled teens — one only 15 years old — quaffing “monster margaritas” and mojitos.
Cops from the 9th Precinct arrived at Dahlia’s after receiving a 911 call reporting underage drinking. At the crowded bar, they documented that 43 patrons were younger than 18, including five 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old.
Most of the teenage drinkers were from monied Westchester suburbs like Scarsdale and Larchmont, officials said. None had been asked for ID.
SLA officials also said that the holder of the liquor license, Huascar Then, and five servers were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, unlawfully dealing with a child and criminal nuisance.
SLA Chair Vincent Bradley issued this statement: "In addition to demonstrating a total disregard for the law by blatantly catering to minors, this licensee further jeopardized the health and safety of these young patrons by crowding them into a locked bar to avoid detection by law enforcement."
As you probably know, the 9th Precinct is a 1/2 block from the restaurant.
Updated 10:45 a.m.
I walked by Dahlia's this morning...
The gates are up now at the restaurant... and the suspended license legalese is posted...
Thanks to EVG correspondent Steven for the photos.
Updated 3:30 p.m.
Several readers (including Vinny & O) mentioned that Dahlia's is not open today. Also, maybe randomly, one of the Dahlia's signs was lying on Second Avenue in front of the restaurant ...
[Photo by Derek Berg]
Updated 7 p.m.
The restaurant is open this evening. An EVG reader who looked inside said there were three patrons...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Slowly but surely the exterior of the former Mary Ann's is becoming Dahlia's