The state has issued an order revoking the alcohol license for New Ranchi City Bar and Liquors on Market Street for having a cockfighting ring on premises.
Licensed is revoked effective Jul. 24, 2019 at 2 a.m., according to the decision issued by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).
The revocation follows the conviction of Felix Grullon, sole owner of the New Ranchi City Bar and Liquors, Inc. He was convicted for possession of gambling records on Oct. 6, 2017. Police found three roosters and gambling records at the business on Nov. 29, 2016.
“Grullon is disqualified from holding a liquor license by reason of his conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude,” says the decision issued on Jun. 12, 2019.
Councilman Luis Velez, who represents the area where the business is located, welcomed the news of the revocation.
“This is a victory for the neighborhood. The neighborhood was crying for quality of life. Neighbors were afraid to come out and be in their porches. They were afraid of the activities that would develop out of the location,” said Velez. “Hopefully, with the closure quality of life will return to the area.”
The late 2016 police raid led to the Paterson Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board issuing a six-month suspension.
Grullon’s business had been a problem for the neighborhood for a while.
On Jun. 7, 2016, police recovered two machetes and a knife from the business. There was also a pool table without permit. The business was also cited for operating while suspended, according to municipal records.
On Jan. 12, 2017, the bar was cited for selling alcohol to a minor. On Jan. 23, 2017, police seized five baggies of marijuana from Grullon’s bar. It was also issued other violations like not having on hand its ABC application form, having an illegal pool table, and conducting other mercantile business at a liquor shop.
On July 7th, 2017, the business allowed indoor smoking, did not have employee worksheet, and failed to notify the city of a change that occurred in the facts of his license application as required within 10 days.
“Paterson’s ABC unit is thorough in their investigations and will continue to work citywide to enforce all laws that disrupt our community,” said public safety director Jerry Speziale.