29 Jersey Bars Accused of Swapping Top-Shelf Liquor for Swill

After a year-long investigation titled “Operation Swill,” New Jersey’s attorney general’s office has accused 29 bars and restaurants, including 13 TGI Fridays of swapping out top-shelf liquor brands for well brands.

The attorney general’s office targeted the establishments after citizen complaints, informants and technology used to test samples taken by undercover agents.

6 ABC has received the following release from TGI Fridays:

TGI Fridays was just made aware of this issue and is working closely with the franchisee and owner of the cited locations to review and investigate these serious allegations. We have one of the most extensive bar and beverage programs in the industry, which sets a very high standard in the quality and service of our beverages.

Reminds us of a story from around here.

The bars and restaurants named in Operation Swill:

Railroad Café, East Rutherford
The Brick House, Wycoff
Sunset Tavern, Burlington
Graziano’s Ristorante, Chesilhurst
Villari’s Lakeside, Gloucester Township
Yesterdays, Marmora
TGI Fridays, West Orange
Italian Affair, Glassboro
Bells Tavern, Lambertville
TGI Fridays, East Windsor
Brunswick Grove, East Brunswick
TGI Fridays, Old Bridge
TGI Fridays, North Brunswick
TGI Fridays, Piscataway
TGI Fridays, Freehold
TGI Fridays, Marlboro
TGI Fridays, Hazlet
Murray’s, Dover
TGI Fridays, East Hanover
Sona Thirteen, Morristown
Blackthorn Restaurant, Parsippany
Ruby Tuesday, Bridgewater
TGI Fridays, Linden
Café 34, Matawan
Applebee’s, Kearny
Cucina Calandara, Fairfield
TGI Fridays, Woodridge
TGI Fridays, Springfield
TGI Fridays, Clifton

29 New Jersey bars swapped top-shelf liquor, attorney general says [6 ABC]