Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Could a popular Binghamton bar be coming back?
The Rathskeller is no longer under suspension by the New York State Liquor Authority.
The Authority slapped the bar with a $15,000 fine and required it to buy ID scanners as punishment.
"We're a college town. We have to try to provide a safe environment. I'm not condoning underage drinking by any means, but I want everyone to be treated fairly. I thought after seeing all of the evidence that the suspension that they received, plus a $15,000 fine. They've been punished pretty severely," said Mayor Matthew Ryan (D).
The Liquor Authority plugged the bar's liquor license in April after twelve charges were filed.
In January, bar owners admitted to having a DJ announce the building was on fire to get people out quickly. That was after hearing police were conducting surprise checks.
"It was done with a wink and a nod, nobody thought there was a fire that night. The evidence clearly shows that," said Mayor Ryan.
Mayor Ryan and Police Chief Joseph Zikuski wrote letters to the Liquor Authority asking the suspension to be removed after investigating the incident.
"They came to me as constituents and gave me some evidence I wasn't aware of. I looked at it closely and talked to the Police Chief about it. It doesn't appear to be what the newspaper headlines made it out to be. I weighed in on it and pointed out to the liquor authority that certainly it was serious but it wasn't quite as serious as it made out to be," said Mayor Ryan.
The Rathskeller does not have a liquor license right now. The license expired in June while the Rathskeller was on suspension. But the Liquor Authority says it will be working with the bar to renew that license.