Masons on Alexander closed after New York State Liquor Authority suspends license

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office sent a press release Friday detailing what led to the liquor license suspension:

Masons on Alexander” at 315 Alexander Street in Rochester, on September 9, 2020

On September 4th, an SLA investigator made an undisclosed visit, discovering a packed bar with numerous social distancing violations. After paying a $5 cover charge, the investigator purchased a beer without food at the upstairs main bar, noting all three bartenders present had facial coverings pulled down below their noses and mouths. The investigator documented fifty-five patrons near the bar area, at least ten standing and drinking without facial coverings, and numerous patrons coming and going from the area, completely ignoring social distancing requirements. The investigator also observed sixteen patrons in the basement bar area, including six standing and drinking, and two bartenders improperly wearing their facial coverings. The investigator asked to order food and was told by a bartender that the premises only serves popcorn, a fact the owner later confirmed. Directly outside the bar, the investigator observed eighteen patrons, most of whom were standing, drinking and ignoring social distancing.”


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Masons on Alexander posted to its social media accounts on Wednesday that its liquor license was suspended due to violations against the coronavirus restrictions.

“They were unable to give any examples of infractions or specific allegations against us to justify a suspension. They were also unable to inform us when we would be able to date where we might defend ourselves against any allegations. We have never had any prior issue with the authorities and no previous warnings,” the post reads.

On a conference call with media Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Liquor Authority found one violation after approximately 901 compliance checks statewide Wednesday, but it was from Manhattan, and the governor didn’t comment on the manner of infractions.

Masons on Alexander did not immediately return a request for comment.

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