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Schenectady Wolff's Biergarten liquor license suspended

WNYT Staff
Updated: September 12, 2020 06:32 PM
Created: September 12, 2020 03:28 PM

Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady had their liquor license suspended by the state for violations that were made at the location Thursday night.

In a virtual board meeting Friday, the State Liquor Authority was told that investigators during a undisclosed visit witnessed multiple violations including people walking around the bar while consuming alcohol and not wearing masks, an investigator was not required to order food when ordering alcohol and an employee was not wearing a mask.

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The board was also informed that Wolff’s Biergarten owner Matt Baumgartner was warned recently about violations made at the bar’s Albany location.

In a statement that Baumgartner tweeted, he says he was not at the bar Thursday night and he is not disputing the claims. But Baumgartner says it is confusing that the SLA does not give businesses the courtesy of citing them while investigators are at the bars and while violations are happening, allowing owners an opportunity to correct the violations immediately.  

“To suspend our liquor license, implies we are running a bar that is flagrantly and constantly ignoring the rules. We are not. Bars were told there is a 3-strike rule. There is not. To close down a small business because of one bartender’s error on a singular night, feels unfair to me. My managers are doing a great job and I stand by them,” says Baumgartner.

Baumgartner voluntarily closed all 4 locations in July due to rising coronavirus concerns.

The license suspension does not apply to Wolff’s Biergarten’s Albany, Troy and Syracuse locations.


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