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Jun 20, 2016 5:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

State Suspends Liquor License For Charlie Brown's In Hampton Bays In Wake Of Double Stabbing

The liquor license was suspended at CB's Bar & Grill. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Jun 22, 2016 1:21 PM

The State Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor license for Charlie Brown’s Bar and Grill in Hampton Bays—and could move to possibly revoke it—a month after a double stabbing in the parking lot of the West Montauk Highway establishment left two men critically injured.

The temporary suspension comes just weeks after Southampton Town Police sent the SLA the arrest report from last month’s stabbing that resulted in the arrest of four people, including one student who attends Hampton Bays High School.

After receiving the report in which Town Police note that officers have responded to nearly 40 calls at Charlie Brown’s since the end of 2014—including complaints about prostitution and gambling—SLA officials scheduled a special meeting last Tuesday, June 14, and agreed to pull the establishment’s liquor license.

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph explained this week that the department forwards any incident reports or arrests occurring at an establishment with a state-issued liquor license to the SLA. She also noted that authorities had filed similar complaints with the SLA regarding the high number of criminal activities taking place at the bar over the past two years.

“We submitted [another] form after the stabbing,” Lt. Ralph said. “They subsequently suspended Charlie Brown’s [liquor license].”

In a letter mailed to the SLA Board of Directors, and dated June 13—the day before the suspension was approved—Michael Ammirato, associate general counsel for SLA, noted that high number of police calls at the Hampton Bays business. The order, which has prompted the temporary closure of Charlie Brown’s, explains that the suspension was approved to “protect the public health, safety and welfare” of residents. Officers have responded to complaints of prostitution and gambling, and have been called in to break up fights, according to authorities. Police have also issued violations for excessively loud music and disorderly conduct, and ticketed patrons for public urination.

The order also highlights the May 21 stabbing in the parking lot of the bar in which two men—a 30-year-old Riverhead man and a 23-year-old Riverhead man—were critically wounded.

Luis Tejada’s, who said in a prior interview that he has owned Charlie Brown’s for the past two years, has until Tuesday, July 5, to enter a plea with the SLA in response to the charges filed against his business. If he pleads not guilty, a hearing will be held to determine if the establishment’s liquor license should be reinstated or revoked.

If his license is revoked, Mr. Tejada would be unable to apply for a new one for at least two years, William Crowley, a spokesperson for SLA, explained this week. If he holds other liquor licenses, Mr. Tejada would also be forced to take his name off those as well, according to Mr. Crowley. Mr. Tejada’s license for Charlie Brown’s was issued on August 20, 2014, and was originally scheduled to expire on July 31, 2018.

If liquor is served during the suspension, Mr. Tejada could be charged with a misdemeanor that carries up to a $200 fine and up to six months in jail, or both, according to authorities. “The ramifications are pretty serious,” Mr. Crowley said.

Mr. Tejada could not be reached for comment this week as his business is now closed and his cellphone’s voicemail was full.

At his bar earlier this week, the doors were locked and the first page of the SLA notice was taped to the front door.

“It’s imperative that emergency action be taken against the immediate and continuing danger resulting from the licensee’s illegal activities and failure to adequately supervise the conduct of the licensed premises,” the order reads. “It is apparent that the licensee has failed to operate the licensed premises in conformity with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and Rules of the State Liquor Authority.”

Southampton Town Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, who lives in Hampton Bays, said she shared news of the license suspension with members of the Hampton Bays Citizen Advisory Committee last week.

“I hope the temporary suspension becomes a permanent one,” Ms. Lofstad said on Wednesday morning. “You always heard of stuff going on. Some of it might have been rumors, some of it might have been true—who knows? But it was never good.”

Ms. Lofstad noted that she recently found “postcards” near Charlie Brown’s featuring “half-naked girls saying, ‘Come on down.’

“It wasn’t a good thing for Hampton Bays, and I think everyone agrees,” she continued. “I hope it’s made permanent … There are moms on Facebook saying, ‘It’s about time.’ Everyone is having a similar reaction.”

Last month, four men—Carlos Gutierrez-Zacupa, 23, of Flanders; Nelvin Ramos-Andrades, 18, of Hampton Bays; Luis Linares-Chavez, 22, of Westhampton; and Marvin Siciliano-Nunez, 19, of Hampton Bays—were charged with stabbing two men outside the bar. Each of the men were charged with two counts of first-degree gang assault, a felony that is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Mr. Linares-Chavez was additionally charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a misdemeanor. Mr. Ramos-Andrades attends Hampton Bays High School.

Shortly after the arrest, Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa explained that the felony “gang assault” charge stems from the fact that more than two people were involved in the assault—not because of any involvement by a street gang. Police downplayed any suggestion that the incident was gang-related, saying instead that it stemmed from a simple disagreement between two parties inside the bar that culminated in the double stabbing.

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By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 20, 16 5:34 PM
Once in a while, things go like they are supposed to. Hope it is shut down!
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Jun 20, 16 6:06 PM
I see Mr Frank from the diner has reopened "Dream"... about amnesty

Let the people down the other side of town deal with this BS for a while!
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 20, 16 10:25 PM
Good, need to nip this in the bud now.
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Jun 20, 16 6:07 PM
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Should have been closed when it was sold. Nothing but trouble since it was sold. Never had a problem before
By wpoole (14), westhampton beach on Jun 20, 16 6:22 PM
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Should have been closed when it was sold. Nothing but trouble since it was sold. Never had a problem before
By wpoole (14), westhampton beach on Jun 20, 16 6:22 PM
a win for the good guys!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 20, 16 7:43 PM
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Are you sure Mr. Tejada is the owner? That's not the name on the liquior license.

License Serial Number 1278675
Doing Business As CB'S BAR & GRILL
(Class Code 252, Type Code OP)
Address 214 W MONTAUK HWY
NY 11946
Agency Zone Office Name New York City
Agency Zone Office Number 1
License Certificate Number 811365
License Original Issue Date 08/20/2014
License ...more
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jun 20, 16 8:27 PM
From SLA records - License #1278675
Principal's Name - Luis & Rosa Tejada
Just google them and the Crystal Bar in Riverhead and Hempstead and see what other fine establishments have been closed down. I suspect that most of the people that went and were made to pay $30 for a drink because it came with a girl never reported it to SLA or the Police. Maybe they should now to make sure they never get their license back.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 20, 16 9:18 PM
Also 40 police calls in 20 months or so? That's 2/month, anything or anybody arrested or charged with anything in those 40 calls? Any fines? How many, and how much? there's soimething strange about some poor schnook clerk at a 7-11 getting cuffed for selling beer to an undercover cop with a fake ID and this joint allowed to be open until someone is disemboweled.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jun 20, 16 8:31 PM
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You are so right! My friend had a beer distributorship, had 2 young clerks arrested over a couple of years, both set-up by police, SLA in sting operations. He couldn't sell newspapers and all other restrictions, meanwhile CVS, etc. can sell everything in the world including beer. The whole world is so screwed up.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 7:50 AM
Set up? They didn't sell to minors?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jun 24, 16 12:23 AM
I bet you the Boardy Barn has 40 calls a week. Eight cop cars sitting in the parking lot drunks arrested. What a joke.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 20, 16 8:51 PM
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By HB90 (164), southampton on Jun 20, 16 9:25 PM
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The place is a dump and empty for lunch and dinner. I guess the trolls come out late at night. This is a dinosaur from the seventies that declined into the gutter. How refreshing that occasionally the government does right by us.
By kjmraven (19), East Quogue on Jun 20, 16 10:17 PM
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I guess the government isn't getting their cut from the illegal activities going on there.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 7:01 AM
And exactly how is this place any different from the Boardy Barn?
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jun 21, 16 7:19 AM
No one is getting stabbed at BB? There's no prostitutes at BB?
By Pacman (273), East Quogue on Jun 21, 16 12:25 PM
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CaptainSig, when was the last time someone was disemboweled at the BB? Is BB also running a prostitution business on the side? At least the owner of BB gives back to HB, unlike this ghetto.
By Thewayitusedtobe (6), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 7:36 AM
You mean makes payoffs?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 11:25 AM
No dnice, if you partake in almost any community endeavor, you will almost always see that the owners of the BB donate and participate.
You just jumped into troll territory by making a totally ignorant comment with absolutely no basis.
We're down to one bar that caters to the 20 somethings in the summer, and you people wont be happy till its gone, and Hampton Bays is the ghost town it deserves.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 12:11 PM
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sorry I was referring to the fights, loud noise, disorderly conduct, public urination, public intoxication and don't forget the public vomitation, and the serving of intoxicated persons. Oh and the harassment of female citizens by drunks in the parking lot next door. No worries- its all good
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jun 21, 16 5:16 PM
Nonsense Blank. As usual you are full of bias. Of course they participate. They have been making a fortune providing a venue for all out drunken behavior. What benefit do they provide except for providing funds to cover up the fact that their establishment is a burden on the surrounding community? Seriously, let's hear how the benefits outweigh the negatives. Oh, see CaptainSIg below for a small list of BB contributions.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 22, 16 9:18 PM
Pssst. La Copa Dorado in Speonk is a place the town should examine closely too.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jun 21, 16 7:52 AM
The Boardy Barn costs hundreds of thousands in extra police manpower. Than they raise a couple thousand for a charitable cause to side track morons into thinking they run a nice establishment. Lol
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 21, 16 7:53 AM
Were you using your fingers to count that one, Chief? Seriously, where did you come up with that number?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 12:12 PM
CB's business model at night included security guards in protective vest. If you bought a drink it was $30 bucks since #20 was to buy a girl a drink. It was reported that there was gang affiliation. Look up the owner and his previous establishments in Riverhead and Hempstead such as the Crystal Bar that were shut down.. We don't need an establishment like this in HB. Nothing like CB;s.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 9:04 AM
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Aye Rumba, I mean Karamba!
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 10:10 AM
If everyone knew about the illegal activities at CBs why was there no "sting" operation by Southampton Town police to stop it? If the owners have multiple locations with similar activities why did Suffolk police not stop it? Are our expensive police departments corrupt?
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Jun 21, 16 11:48 AM
Ask one of these folks that know these things when they called the PD to report it.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 12:13 PM
You all that hate the Boardy Barn are entitled to your opinion, but that doesn't change the fact the CB's became a cesspool. Did all you see the flyer last year with the half naked girls? We were told repeatedly by Town Officials that they were working on it and couldn't disclose what they were doing. Admittedly my friends went to place a bet at night and were extorted into paying 30 bucks for a beer (that came with a girl) and never reported it to SLA and PD.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 1:02 PM
According to article, the police visited 40 times. What were the results? How many times has Code Enforcement visited a taxpayer's home based on trolling airbnb? Something's rotten in the State of Thorne Holst.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Jun 21, 16 5:55 PM
Blank go to the Boardy Barn on Sunday and count the cops and stop being a moron. Just because you were a cop doesnt make you right. Get a grip!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 21, 16 6:30 PM
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Chief, Someday you will post something that is close to positive without a taste of hate and arrrogance. One more time, how did you come up with those numbers?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 16 8:26 PM
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Seems that CB's turned into a nefarious place since it was sold. It's a cultural thing. We are so blessed with cultural diversity! Hampton Bays is screwed.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Jun 21, 16 8:30 PM
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"We are blessed: to have a culture of gang stabbings, prostitution, extortion, intimidation, and organized gang activity in our community? How is that a blessing? I am not sure what G(g)od you get your blessing from, but I am pretty sure mine would not approve.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 22, 16 6:07 AM
Why does every bar/restaurant incident in Hampton Bays turn into a referendum on the Boardy Barn? For the 26 (if that) days a year the BB is open, deal with it. Youth today can't have house party's, cant have beach party's, less bars and place to socialize. I guess most of the posters here sat home and did nothing when they were young. Then they say how they used to hang out a the beach and have "good fun" . Couldn't do that in today's world.Not allowed. Obviously crime is bad, but not ALL bar ...more
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jun 22, 16 8:16 AM
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The word is spelled parties!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 24, 16 8:57 PM
Public intoxication, and serious negative image projected on Hampton Bays when the train rolls up and 40 to 50 inebriated belligerent young adults scramble for seats with the MTA police deployed every Sunday at the HB train station.
Hampton Bays could have become what Sag Harbor became, instead we are the laughing stock of the Hamptons. Why are code enforcement officers absent from policing obvious code violations at BB and previously at CB's? Is money changing hands?
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jun 22, 16 2:31 PM
Why wouldn't they charge the guys with attempted murder? They allegedly slit the victim's abdomen open, not a recoverable wound if ignored for even a short time.
By bluelightning (21), Hampton Bays on Jun 22, 16 2:36 PM
Davidf....Here is a thought. We teach kids not to drink and drive. Be responsible. That is why they are using mass transit. The MTA should be thankful. and "40-50" inebriated young adults as you put it are only a handful compared to all the others who are fine. The laughing stock comment is idiotic. How about bad planning, ridiculous zoning laws, and lack of decision making. Like it or not, the CPI and Tide Runners is a disgrace. Sitting vacant for so long. The town has paralyzed the community. ...more
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jun 22, 16 3:07 PM
We probably should also teach our kids a little something about public intoxication. The MTA should be thankful? Thankful for what?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 23, 16 9:35 PM
Hampton Bays once a sustainable and viable destination has been ruined by the closing of all the clubs and house rentals. We can thank the town for that and continue to complain about the changes that have taken place.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jun 24, 16 5:09 AM
This is about CB's being a cesspool. I saw the original flyer floating around town and it was disgusting. This is not an overall statement about the nightlife in HB. I was at the Beach Hut last night and there were plenty of people listening to good music and eating. The Canal Cafe was packed across the way. There are plenty of venues in HB to enjoy nightlife. We don't need prostitution, extortion, intimidation to be part of our community.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 24, 16 10:41 AM
No doubt about CBS, but a few summer restaurants won't carry the economy throughout the winter months as had been in years past.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jun 24, 16 10:58 AM
Most kids know about public intoxication....give them some credit....there is always the 1%. The Beach Hut and Canal Cafe are great...maybe catch the early bird specials and make your Mahjong tournament by 7:30. Southampton Town has ruined it...bad planning.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Jun 24, 16 11:24 AM
It would be great if there was a mixture of places all year for all ages. We don't need places places like CB's that was a cesspool at night with the new ownership right from the beginning. It would be great if we all supported all of our local businesses that we already have. (And yes, I do appreciate a good early bird special that usually ends up with a wonderful sunset, but no I don't play mahjong)
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 24, 16 11:52 AM
Well, CB's is a whole different ball game with the prostitutes and the violence. I remember as recently as a few years ago it being a fairly decent place with older people sitting out on the deck playing cards, and some years before that it had a younger crowd that was well behaved.

But then again, that was when Hampton Bays had something going on. It's not exactly "dead" - it does have some nice dining options - but there is nothing for young people anymore. The elimination of group ...more
By nyc511 (15), Southampton on Jun 30, 16 1:48 PM