Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Jersey Bars Sold Dirty Water, Rubbing Alcohol as Premium Liquor

After a year-long investigation called "Operation Swill," more than 100 investigators raided 29 bars and restaurants across New Jersey on suspicion they had been serving cheap liquor disguised as premium brands. During the raid, investigators seized 1,000 bottles for testing. Thirteen of the establishments are TGI Fridays in central and northern New Jersey. Officials wouldn't reveal which establishments served the dirty water or rubbing alcohol mixed with food dye pretending to be scotch. The director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control told reporters the bars swapped less-expensive booze for premium-brand liquor or "they literally just filled [liquor bottles] with whatever they had available." He adds right now the investigation is not a criminal one, but if further tests prove the establishments are guilty of the practice, they could see their liquor licenses suspended or revoked. Say what, now?

Sidebar: The full list of bars and restaurants named by the state is:
  • Applebee's, Kearny
  • Bell's Tavern, Lambertville
  • Blackthorn Restaurant, Parsippany
  • The Brick House, Wyckoff
  • Brunswick Grove, East Brunswick
  • Café 34, Matawan
  • Cucina Calandara, Fairfield
  • Graziano's Ristorante, Chesilhurst
  • Italian Affair, Glassboro
  • Murray's, Dover
  • Railroad Café, East Rutherford
  • Ruby Tuesday, Bridgewater
  • Sona Thirteen, Morristown
  • Sunset Tavern, Burlington
  • TGI Fridays, Clifton
  • TGI Fridays, East Hanover
  • TGI Fridays, East Windsor
  • TGI Fridays, Freehold
  • TGI Fridays, Hamilton
  • TGI Fridays, Hazlet
  • TGI Fridays, Linden
  • TGI Fridays, Marlboro
  • TGI Fridays, North Brunswick
  • TGI Fridays, Old Bridge
  • TGI Fridays, Piscataway
  • TGI Fridays, Springfield
  • TGI Fridays, West Orange
  • Villari's Lakeside, Gloucester Township
  • Yesterday's, Marmora

 source: Star-Ledger
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