SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gaffney’s in Saratoga Springs will be allowed to reopen once it pays a $70,000 fine and agrees to new operating regulations. The bar and restaurant has been closed since May.
The new regulations include a 2 a.m. closing time, electronic wanding of all customers after 9:30 p.m., and using an ID scanner for all visitors. The bar will also not be allowed to have loud music and must call police to report any physical altercations.
Gaffney’s released the following statement in response:
“We appreciate the due diligence by the State Liquor Authority for Gaffney’s to reach an agreement that will allow us to reopen our establishment at some point in the near future. The conditions set by both Gaffney’s and the SLA keep the safety of our guests of paramount importance, which has always been a top priority. As reported in the media, the challenges Caroline Street has faced have continued since we closed more than six weeks ago. We intend to help lead those efforts in collaboration with fellow establishments and the City. Further updates regarding our operations and our future will be announced in the coming weeks ahead.”
The New York State Liquor Authority suspended the Caroline Street bar’s alcohol license last month over what the authority called a continued pattern of violence and disorder. On May 1, police said one person was stabbed during a fight that started inside the bar and continued into the street. It was the third stabbing at Gaffney’s since October 2021 and the fourth seriously violent incident from the bar since the fall, according to the SLA. Officers were also injured during these incidents.
The bar has been charged with 13 alleged violations by the SLA. The Saratoga Springs Police Department had temporarily closed the bar over issues with its permit.