LES Stores Nailed for Selling Booze to Minors

SX Gourmet at the corner of Essex and Rivington streets, was cited for selling alcohol to minors, according to the State Liquor Authority. Photo via Google images.

Two stores on the Lower East Side and five in the East Village were among 118 retailers citywide that were cited for selling alcohol to minors after a three-day investigation by the State Liquor Authority and the NYPD last week.

Tearadhan Convenient Store Inc., at 49 Columbia St. just north of Delancey, and SX Gourmet Corp., the new convenience store at 123 Essex St. (aka 115 Rivington St.), were both caught in the sting, according to the SLA, which sent underage “decoys” into 234 stores across the five boroughs.

“Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors is a top priority for the State Liquor Authority,” State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen said. “These large scale enforcement efforts will continue to be a part of our proactive measures to prevent alcohol abuse among our youth.”

Editor’s Note

Just a note to our readers to clarify a story we wrote in August about two LES pizzerias that drew criticism from the city health department: Va Bene Pizza at 201 Clinton St., which was shut down after an inspection (and  later reopened) is not affiliated with the pizza chain owned by Hakki Akdeniz, which was covered in the same article. Akdeniz tells us that a website showing a joint menu for Va Bene and his Famous Hakki Pizza outlet at 170 Rivington St. is incorrect.

Two LES Pizza Ventures Cited for Sanitation Problems; One Shuttered

Va Bene Pizza, 201 Clinton Street.

Va Bene Pizza, at 201 E. Clinton St. near East Broadway, was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday after receiving 81 points for sanitary violations.

Va Bene was cited for eight violations, six of them rated critical. The critical violations included not providing a toilet for either either employees or patrons, the presence of mice, improper holding temperatures for cold foods, and food that was “adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated or not discarded” appropriately.