City Health Department Orders Paddy K’s Shut Down
Paddy K’s – the Rockaway Beach bar that neighbors said drew crowds of raucous revelers – was shut down last week for operating without the proper permit, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Paddy K’s, located on the bay at 375B Beach 92 Street, was ordered closed by the DOHMH on Friday, July 30, a spokesperson confirmed. The bar, which previously operated as the Bridge Café by different proprietors, was the subject of a front page Wave story last month after angry neighbors contacted the police, Community Board 14, City Councilman Joe Addabbo Jr. and The Wave after a Saturday morning incident where police were called to the scene and had to draw their weapons. Neighbors reported a long list of quality of life complaints against the bar.
CB 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska said at that time that he would call for a full review of the bar’s liquor license and permits. The State Liquor Authority immediately identified a license discrepancy and has assigned the case to an investigator, according to SLA spokesperson Mark Andersen. It will be several weeks until more is known, he said.
DOHMH staff reported on July 21 that Paddy K’s did not appear in the agency’s permit database and began a separate investigation, which resulted in the shutdown last week.
It is unclear if the Paddy K’s proprietor Matt Spiewak intends to resolve the permit issue.
“To date, the operators have not applied for a permit nor have they contacted the Health Department to discuss procedures for re-opening,” said the DOHMH spokesperson.
Spiewak, who previously told The Wave that the accusations against the bar were fueled by racism (the bar had many more minority patrons recently than it did in years past), did not return calls for comment for this story.