BY BRIANNA KNIBBS and JARAT BAEZ
The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has suspended the liquor license of two Queens establishments—Richmond Hill’s Rose Lounge and Maspeth karaoke bar Huang Jia Inc.
On April 20, SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley ordered the suspension of the license at the Rose Lounge, located at 89-25 130th St. Five days earlier, a fight had broken out inside the bar, spilling out onto the street and, ultimately, ending with two men being shot.
During the incident, two brothers were involved in a fight with a third patron inside the premises. One of the brothers punched the third patron, causing him to fall headfirst on the floor. The patron pulled out a gun and waved it in the air, causing other patrons to evacuate the establishment. Once outside, the armed man began firing shots, one of which struck the older brother, 28, on his right elbow and head, while the second brother, 21, sustained gunshot wounds to his finger, abdomen and left forearm.
The older brother was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, police said. The younger brother was listed in stable condition.
Less than 20 hours after the shooting, officers from the 102nd Precinct arrested Central Islip’s Demetrius Williams in the shooting at the club, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Williams was charged with attempted murder and assault and ordered held without bail. He will return to court on April 30.
Other incidents at the lounge include one on March 4 during which a woman patron became so intoxicated that she required hospitalization; a March 9 birthday party for a deceased gang member following a warning by the NYPD that similar events often lead to disorderly crowds; a March 25 fight that required additional police units to control the dispute; and an April 8 incident during which the NYPD was called to the bar for overcrowding.
The Rose Lounge had obtained its liquor license on March 6.
“In less than two months in operation, this licensee has already demonstrated he is unwilling or incapable of running a lawful establishment,” said Christopher Riano, the counsel to the SLA. “Two victims have already suffered serious injuries due to the incredibly reckless operation of this bar.”
The agency also announced last week that it had suspended the license for Maspeth karaoke bar Huang Jia Inc., which had 22 alleged violations of the state’s ABC law, including prostitution, gambling, trafficking of controlled substances and untaxed cigarettes.
The SLA and NYPD conducted two separate enforcement operations at the bar on April 12 and 14. A total of 15 arrests—including of the bar’s owner—were made during law enforcement officials’ two visits to the establishment.