Vineyard 48, a winery in Long Island, New York, has been shut down after owners were accused of throwing wild parties at the location. The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the location's license to serve alcohol.
According to Fox News, the NYSLA said the business had continued providing alcohol to customers who were clearly already intoxicated, leading to property destruction and vandalism in the area. In one particularly egregious incident that occurred on September 30th, patrons were seen getting into fist fights, engaging in public sex, and defecating on neighbors' lawns.
“Vineyard 48 has amassed a disturbing record of repeatedly serving patrons far beyond the point of extreme intoxication, straining police resources and wreaking havoc on their neighbors and the surrounding community,” Christopher R. Riano, the liquor authority’s authority counsel, wrote in a news release.
Peter Sullivan, Vineyard 48’s attorney, has denied all allegations. He also claims he has video proof to debunk the accusations: "[T]hey allege that there were 400 drunk patrons [fighting] and we have videotape showing that it’s six people — a son and his mom and a drunk girl and two girlfriends yelling at each other,” Sullivan said.
But last month's incident is just one of many, say authorities in a news release: “The disturbing incidents of September 30 are only the most recent in a long line of resident complaints and police encounters at Vineyard 48."
A hearing for the vineyard is scheduled for next week. Sullivan anticipates the NYSLA's decision to be "reverse quickly."
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