SLA Suspends The Skinny Bar on Orchard Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted on: September 8th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Another longtime Hell Square nightclub over the weekend violated state-mandated coronavirus rules, and paid the ultimate price.

The Skinny bar on Orchard Street, considered by many locals as a bad operator, was caught lax on its enforcement of patron social distancing and face coverings. These transgressions led the dedicated multi-agency task force to suspend their liquor license on September 5.

The Order of Summary Suspension of License appeared on-premise Saturday afternoon, describing what happened the day before:

  • 21 patrons were observed outside the bar drinking with no food present;
  • 7 patrons were observed without any face masks, standing in a group within fifty feet of The Skinny;
  • An employee was not wearing a face mask.

The establishment is yet another in a weekly cascade of closures by the state’s multi-agency task force. Other Lower East Side bars suspended for same include Noree Thai Bazaar, Las’ Lap, and SET LES (whose license was later canceled).

The area block association, LES Dwellers, which battled these problematic places pre-pandemic, sees more of the same now.

“Again, we are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the State Liquor Authority for continuing to keep New York City safe,” Dwellers founder Diem Boyd said in an email. “The recent liquor license suspensions and cancellations on the Lower East Side are proving that the bad operators who wreaked havoc pre-pandemic are the ones unable to alter their behavior during the pandemic.”

The Skinny dates back to 2004, when it was a dark and narrow watering hole at 174 Orchard Street (hence the name). Eight years later, it expanded into the space next door which previously housed Elegant Woolen & Silk.

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