Bars and restaurants in lawsuit still have to abide by curfew

Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — No relief today for the nearly 100 bars and restaurants part of an ongoing lawsuit against the state.

They still have to close at 11:00 p.m. following an anticipated court decision that came out late Saturday morning.

“This is our livelihood and we’re struggling all around. I would prefer to be open later for sure,” said Paul Santora who owns Santora’s restaurant.

“The ups and downs of this state’s hypocrisy is not easy as a business owner. I mean rollercoasters are fun right? This rollercoaster isn’t,” said Steven Marchione who owns Casa Di Francesca’s in Buffalo.

The establishments and their lawyers were hoping a judge would grant them a permanent injunction, which would have once again allowed them to stay open later.

“We were hoping that things are coming to an end,” Santora said. “We were hoping for a better result but it just didn’t go in our favor and what we do from here I just don’t know.”

Instead, the judge reasoned that because the petition was challenging a state executive order that technically expired, even though it was re-extended, he could not rule on the merits of the suit because it’s moot.

A spokesperson for HoganWilling says attorneys will need to redesign their next action to encompass the new law that keeps the curfew, as well as, the petitioners will also maintain a curfew is arbitrary due to the lack of evidence of viral transmission in these establishments.

View the full ruling below:

View the full list of bars and restaurants on the lawsuit below:

  • A.C. + J RESTAURANT, INC. d/b/a THE PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT,
  • ALFIERI DUQUIN, INC.,
  • AMHERST PIZZA & ALE HOUSE, INC.,
  • BANCHETTI BY RIZZOS, INC., d/b/a BANCHETTI BY RIZZO’S,
  • BILL SHAFLUCAS, LLC, d/b/a BREW BUS BUFFALO and
  • DJ TRIVIA OF WNY,
  • BOTTOMS UP V, LLC d/b/a BOTTOMS UP,
  • BUFFALO’S BEST CATERING, LLC,
  • BUFFALO GRILL N ALE HOUSE, LLC d/b/a, BUFFALO
  • GRILL N ALE HOUSE,
  • BVPK, INC.,
  • CAMPFIRE GRILL II, INC,
  • CARJONS RESTAURANT GROUP, INC. d/b/a SHARE
  • KITCHEN + BAR ROOM,
  • CHICK’S RESTAURANT AND LANES, INC.,
  • COLONIE LOUNGE, INC. d/b/a COLONIE LOUNGE, AFFIDAVIT
  • CRITCHEN, LLC, d/b/a THE CRITCHEN,
  • DA BADA, INC. d/b/a BADABING BAR AND GRILL, Index No.: 801046/2021
  • DADDY GOO GOO, LLC, d/b/a CASA DI FRANCESCA’S,
  • DDF RESTAURANTS, INC. d/b/a DUFF’S FAMOUS WINGS,
  • DON BENOIT d/b/a PRESCOTT’S PROVISIONS,
  • DVS PROPERTIES, LLC,
  • D&R KAZ, INC. d/b/a KAZ’S BAR,
  • EXPO MARKET, INC.,
  • GALLERY EVENTS, LLC d/b/a VENU,
  • GABRIEL’S GATE, INC.,
  • GERTIES, INC. d/b/a GERTIE’S RESTAURANT,
  • GREEK TO ME RESTAURANT, LLC, d/b/a GREEK TO ME RESTAURANT,
  • GYPSY BOHEMIAN GROVE BAR, INC.,
  • HUTCH & ASSOCIATES, INC., d/b/a HUTCH’S RESTAURANT,
  • ICE HOUSE PUB, LLC, d/b/a ICE HOUSE PUB,
  • JMB ENTERPRISES OF ERIE, INC. d/b/a MURPH’S WARSAW GRILL,
  • JOHN DOE CORP.,
  • KFEATHER5, LLC d/b/a DUFF’S FAMOUS WINGS,
  • KMT MANAGEMENT, INC. d/b/a BUFFALO BREW PUB,
  • KELLY’S KORNER, INC.,
  • KOOKOOVAYIA, LLC, d/b/a DUFFS OF ORCHARD PARK,
  • LADY BIRDS RESTAURANTS, LLC d/b/a THE BAYOU,
  • LOCAL BUFFALO, LLC,
  • LOCAL GRILLE & CATERING, LLC,
  • LYONS, BIGGANE, INC. d/b/a THE BYRD HOUSE RESTAURANT,
  • MALBEAT INC., d/b/a MALLWITZ’S ISLAND LANE,
  • MAMBRINO KING WINE-COFFEE BAR, LLC,
  • MANFURT & TORALTI RESTAURANTS, INC.,
  • MARY SANTARINI d/b/a LONDA’S DINER,
  • MATILDA BIRD, LLC d/b/a THE GLOBE,
  • MCCANS, INC. d/b/a MOONEY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL,
  • MGPUBLIC, LLC,
  • MIKEYCATIE, INC. d/b/a ROOKlES SPORTS BAR
  • MKC RESTAURANTS, LLC d/b/s NEAT,
  • MPR RESTAURANTS WNY, Inc. d/b/a SCHNITZEL & CO.,
  • MUSTANG SALLYS SPIRITS AND GRILL, INC. d/b/a NY SHOWGIRLS,
  • MY TOMATO PIE, INC.,
  • OVERPASS PUB, LLC d/b/a OVERPASS PUB,
  • PHAROHS GC, INC.,
  • RADCOL, INC. d/b/a RADIGAN’S,
  • RAPHAEL’S CORP. d/b/a RAPHAEL’S,
  • RIZOTTO, INC., d/b/a RIZOTTO ITALIAN EATERY,
  • RIZZO’S CASA DI ITALIA, INC., d/b/a RIZZO’S CASA DI ITALIA,
  • RUSSELL M. BRAUN, INC. d/b/a SMOKIN LITTLE DINER
  • SANTORA’S PHASE II, LLC,
  • SANTORA’S PIZZA PUB AND GRILL, INC.,
  • SCOTT A. JARGIELLO d/b/a CAMPFIRE GRILL,
  • SCHWEIS SPRINGER, LLC, d/b/a EBENEZER ALE HOUSE
  • SHOWNY, LLC d/b/a SCULPTURE HOSPITALITY OF WNY,
  • SPORTS CITY PIZZA PUB, INC. d/b/a SPORTS CITY PIZZA PUB,
  • STEEL CITY PUB, INC. d/b/a STEEL CITY PUB,
  • SUNNY’S DRIVE IN, INC., d/b/a NINA’S CUSTARD,
  • SUNNY’S DRIVE IN TRANSIT, INC.,
  • TACO COC1NE ELLICOTT, LLC d/b/a DEEP SOUTH TACO,
  • TACO COCINE HERTEL, LLC d/b/a DEEP SOUTH TACO,
  • TANTALUS, LLC, d/b/a THE YELLING GOAT RESTAURANT,
  • TBF ENTERPRISES, INC.,
  • TETON SKY CORP. d/b/a TETON KITCHEN and
  • TETON KITCHEN ELMWOOD,
  • THE DEFIELDS CORP. d/b/a
  • THE FIRE HOUSE SPORTS BAR & GRILL,
  • THE HOWLING ROOSTER, LLC,
  • THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE OF ORCHARD PARK, INC.,
  • THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE OF WILLIAMSVILLE, INC.,
  • TRACY STREET PRODUCTIONS, INC.,
  • WILLIAM JAMES DEVELOPMENT CORP. d/b/a RODNEY’S RESTAURANT,
  • WNY BEER CLUB, LLC d/b/a RUSTY NICKEL BREWING CO.,
  • WNY RESTAURANT SYSTEM d/b/a DUFF’S FAMOUS WINGS,
  • 3G ENTERTAINMENT, INC., d/b/a MANOR LANES,
  • 23 S. BUFFALO ST., INC. d/b/a THE POUR HOUSE BAR AND GRILL
  • 99 BRICK OVEN BAR AND GRILLE, LLC,
  • FILED: ERIE COUNTY CLERK 01/26/2021 04:37 PM INDEX NO. 801046/2021
  • NYSCEF DOC. NO. 10 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 01/29/2021
  • 3989 MAIN STREET, INC. d/b/a, BRUNNER’S TAVERN,
  • 5111 GENESEE ST., INC. d/b/a SCORES,
  • 5786 TRANSIT RD., INC. d/b/a FIELDSTONE COUNTRY INN, and
  • 8444 TRANSIT RD., LLC d/b/a TAVERN AT WINDSOR PARK

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