TGI Fridays in New Jersey was fined $500,000 after customers were served “cheap” booze. On July 31, Fox News reported that customers that paid for “top shelf” alcohol were served cheaper alcohol in order for several of the eateries to make a few unearned bucks.
“Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said Wednesday that 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,” Fox News reported.
The TGI Fridays restaurants were fined but did not lose their liquor licenses nor did they get suspended. However, if the restaurant operators don’t complete the settlement terms and/or don’t follow through with what they have been required to do, more serious consequences will be enforced.
“Under terms of the settlement, Briad agreed not to contest charges that eight of its restaurants were selling customers cheap substitutes in place of premium alcohol. It also agreed to employ a state-appointed monitor through June 14 to ensure its restaurants and employees are in compliance,” Fox News reported.
There were eight TGI Fridays fined and the state of New Jersey is still investigating five other Friday’s restaurants and 16 other alcohol-serving restaurants. It’s unknown why the state decided to target the Friday’s eateries first — but it is expected that the rest of the restaurants and/or bars will also be facing fines.
© Effie Orfanides 2013