Jersey Bars Fined For Serving Cheap Booze

AP reports:

TRENTON — An operator of TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey raided as part of Operation Swill has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for serving customers cheap booze when they paid for top shelf.

The fine levied against Livingston-based Briad Group should send a message to every bar and restaurant in the state that customers should always get what they pay for, acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Wednesday.

The restaurants, along with the troubled Sunset Tavern in Burlington Township, were among nearly 30 licensed bars and restaurants throughout the state accused by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control in May of filling bottles from premium-brand alcohol with cheaper substitutes to fool customers and increase profits.

We thought that martini tasted like wood alcohol!