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Schenectady's Bier Abbey closed for code violation

Schenectady's Bier Abbey closed for code violation

Unsafe fire suppression system cited
Schenectady's Bier Abbey closed for code violation
The entrance to The Bier Abbey on Union Street, as seen on Sunday.
Photographer: BRETT SAMUELS

The Bier Abbey on Union Street is closed once again, this time for an unsafe fire suppression system.

An order to vacate and subsequent notice of violation from the Schenectady codes department dated June 15 are taped on the front door of the restaurant as of Sunday. A phone call to the pub, at 613 Union St., went unanswered, and it’s unclear if or when the establishment will re-open.

According to the documents in the front door, the building’s hood system is not properly functioning. Hood fire suppression systems are typically used in large kitchens. The owner has no more than 30 days to comply with the order, or they could face legal action.


Two other posters in the front door advertised a jazz brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., as well as the business’ daily hours. The brunch was not taking place this weekend.

The Bier Abbey was seized last July over non-payment of nearly $700,000 in taxes, including penalties and interest. The restaurant owner reached a deal with the state to work toward repaying the owed amount, and was allowed to re-open the Bier Abbey about a month later.

The New York State tax warrant database shows the business now owes about $785,259.93 in back taxes, according to warrants filed in June, September and October 2016. There is no indication the latest closure is tax related.

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