EMERGENCY SUSPENSION ISSUED FOR BUDDHA TEA HOUSE
State Liquor Authority Lifts License Following Stabbings, Fights, Assaults
Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) issued an emergency suspension of the Buddha Tea House, at 69 North Pearl Street in Albany. The suspension was ordered by Members of the SLA, Chairman Dennis Rosen, Commissioner Jeanique Greene and Commissioner Kevin Kim at a meeting of the Full Board on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be served or consumed on the premises.
On November 9, 2014 at approximately 1:45 am, an Albany Police Department (APD) patrol unit witnessed a victim of a stabbing exiting the Buddha Tea House. APD officers responding to the victim were impeded by a violent altercation involving patrons of the Buddha Tea House, an altercation that erupted directly outside the bar in the immediate aftermath of the stabbing, resulting in the injury of two additional patrons. APD officers report the licensee and staff were uncooperative with the investigation; by attempting to deny police officers access to the bar, denying the incident occurred inside the premises, denying APD access to security video, in addition to attempting to clean up the crime scene. The SLA charged the bar with three violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, including disorderly premises and deliberately interfering with a police investigation.