PATERSON, NJ - The owner of New Ranchi City Bar and Liquors, 472 Market Street, has lost his liquor license, and, as of 2:00 a.m. on July 24, will no longer be allowed to do any alcohol related business, including sales or delivery.
A Friday statement distributed by Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale included the decision by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and outlined that the revocation arose from a 2017 conviction against Felix Grullon for a "crime of moral turpitude."
The charges were leveled after the Paterson Police Department conducted an ABC inspection on November 29, 2016, and found three roosters, gambling records, and "indicia of cockfighting." Those charges resulted in an initial license revocation of 180 days against the establishment.
Calling it a “victory” for the community 5th Ward Councilman Luis Velez celebrated that the children walking to any of the four schools in the area would be safer as a result of the bar’s closure.
“We gave them an opportunity to be good neighbors,” Velez said of the business owners. “The residents raised their concerns, their fears, and we took action.”
"Paterson's ABC unit is thorough in their investigations and will continue to work citywide to enforce all laws that disrupt our community," Speziale said.
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