Off Key Tikki, a waterfront bar overlooking the Patchogue River, had its liquor license suspended last week following alleged violations of social distancing orders intended to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) spokesmen confirmed to the Press that the bar’s license was suspended on Sept. 5 after investigators said they spotted patrons and staffers not wearing masks, patrons leaving with open alcoholic beverages, and mask-less patrons standing and mingling around the bar, all of which is prohibited under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders. The restaurant’s owner denied the allegations.

“Off Key Tikki has been in compliance with [New York State] laws and mandates all throughout COVID,” the bar’s owner Mike Bruemmer said in a statement. “We have complied with masks, appropriate signage, hired extra guards to be able to enforce these rules, modified our menu to have food with drinks, hand sanitizers installed throughout the establishment, and so on.“

The latest SLA suspension on LI comes after the SLA recently suspended the liquor licenses of Dox, a restaurant in Island Park, Secrets Gentlemen’s Club, a Deer Park strip club, Southampton restaurants 75 Main and Blu Mar, and Sazon Ramirez II, a store in Roosevelt.

Despite the suspension, Off Key Tikki remains open for dining and non-alcoholic drinks.

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