New York pulls Pine Grove Inn’s liquor license for ‘egregious’ COVID-related violations


Management at East Patchogue’s Pine Grove Inn found themselves in hot waters after the state cracked down on an unlicensed outdoor event on their premises.

On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo alleged the restaurant at 1 First St. partook in “egregious violations of coronavirus-related regulations.”

On Sept. 26, his office said multiple 911 calls of “social distancing violations, reckless driving, and vehicles blocking driveways” were made.

Police said between 200-300 patrons at 1 First St. were walking around the restaurant’s outdoor area, some of whom were not wearing face coverings and having open containers.

“Officers report that the licensee and several members of the waitstaff failed to wear facial coverings and found evidence of another advertised event at the location,” reads a statement from the state.

This led to the suspension of the establishment’ss liquor license.

Pine Grove Inn now joins the ranks of Patchogue’s Off Key Tikki, which saw its liquor license revoked.

Read more about the suspension by clicking here.

Top: Photo courtesy of Pine Grove Inn Facebook