Centre Street Pub’s liquor license suspended; Schenectady establishment cited for COVID rule violations

PETER R. BARBER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERThe Centre Street Pub on Broadway in Schenectady is temporarily closed after the State Liquor Authority suspended its license.


The Centre Street Pub on Broadway in Schenectady is temporarily closed after the State Liquor Authority suspended its license.

SCHENECTADY — Centre Street Pub has had its liquor license temporarily suspended by the state Liquor Authority for violating state-mandated social distancing guidelines.

It’s unclear how long the pub will be closed, but it expects to reopen soon.

A visit by investigators last Friday revealed 75 to 100 patrons in the outside pavilion with at least four tables surpassing the 10-person limit, according to the suspension notice at the pub’s entryway.

At least 10 patrons were walking around without masks. Also, 20 people in the outdoor pavilion were standing and drinking while waiting in line at bars without maintaining social distancing, according to the notice, while some people waiting in line to gain entry were not wearing masks or keeping socially-distant.

The venue, located 308 Union St., remained closed on Tuesday.

“As with any struggling restaurant today, compliance with ever-changing legislation and providing a safe environment for our guests is a constant matter of our highest priority,” George Carstensen, general manager, said in a prepared statement.

Carstensen said it has been an “incredible burden” on any restaurant to handle enforcement and Centre Street has “diligently and successfully imposed these regulations for many months.”

But he indicated the loosened safeguards were, in part, a result of a crush of people to the venue amid unseasonably warm weather.

“Responsibility of the restaurant to police guests who are even off our property is a challenge for a staff of any size, especially on an odd 80 degree day in late October,” Carstensen said. “In this case, the extensive and expensive measures taken to provide a safe place for our guests was seen as insufficient by the SLA. We are currently rectifying the issue and look forward to welcoming our guests back soon.”

As the state attempts to contain a pandemic that is seeing cases soar across the U.S., the state has ramped up checks on bars and restaurants.

“As we continue to fight clusters across the state, bar and restaurant owners should know that the state’s task force will keep enforcing the law, and if they do not follow the rules they will lose their right to serve alcohol,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement last week announcing 21 temporary suspensions.

Centre Street isn’t the only downtown pub to be rapped by the state.

Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady had its license temporarily suspended in September.

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