Crisis averted for famous liquor license(s)

The Bellini cocktail will remain a menu item at Cipriani, where the drink achieved signature status. (You’ll still need $20.95 to buy one, though.)

The New York Times reports that the “State Liquor Authority voted 2 to 1 on Wednesday to accept the family’s $500,000 settlement offer, rather than revoke its liquor licenses for more than four dozen violations of state law at nine venues, including the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, Harry Cipriani at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and Cipriani Wall Street.” The article says that Arrigo Cipriani pleaded guilty to a felony tax charge, which prompted the State Liquor Authority cite tax-evasion crimes as potential grounds for revoking the Cipriani company’s licenses and accused it of filing false information about its ownership.

Wow. And they say money can’t buy you happiness.

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