Report: New York State Tavern Abruptly Loses Liquor License Over 9/11 Fundraiser

Report: New York State Tavern Abruptly Loses Liquor License Over 9/11 Fundraiser


A Staten Island tavern that is part of a lawsuit to reopen New York City’s establishments to full indoor operations has had its liquor license pulled by the New York State Liquor Authority, according to a new report.

The authority on Saturday voted to suspend the license of Joyce’s Tavern because of actions that took place Friday during a “Dine Out to Remember” fundraiser to support the Tunnels to Towers group, which funds remembrances of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during which New York’s World Trade Center was destroyed.

According to SILive, the Liquor Authority acted because 10 people were seated inside the tavern and they had been either eating or drinking or both. The city’s ban on indoor dining does not expire until Sept. 30.

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The authority noted that the tavern had never had an issue in its previous five years of operations but pulled the license anyhow.

Co-owner Joe O’Toole declined to comment on the situation, according to

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