Investigation Reveals Rubbing Alcohol Served In New Jersey Bars

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TRENTON, NJ (CNN) – An investigation into dozens of establishments in the state accused of selling cheap, or even fake, alcohol to customers from premium bottles.

The New Jersey State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says samples were taken from numerous establishments after complaints from consumers.  Samples ordered at bars and restaurants in January and February  were sent for testing. The investigation revealed some of the substitutions bordered on dangerous.

See video of the investigation here

Some of the samples were described as “river water.” Investigators didn’t even think some of the substitutes were tap water. The term river water refers to dirty water, or cheaper spirits with water added until it was just water. Any punishments will be leveled against the alcohol license holder, not any individuals.

Another substitute was rubbing alcohol with caramel color to make it look like a whiskey.

The bars and restaurants named in the investigation are:

  • Railroad Cafe, East Rutherford
  • The Brick House, Wycoff
  • Sunset Tavern, Burlington
  • Graziano’s Ristorante, Chesilhurst
  • Villari?s Lakeside, Gloucester Township
  • Yesterdays, Marmora
  • TGI Fridays, West Orange
  • Italian Affair, Glassboro
  • Bells Tavern, Lambertville
  • TGI Fridays, East Windsor
  • Brunswick Grove, East Brunswick
  • TGI Fridays, Old Bridge
  • TGI Fridays, North Brunswick
  • TGI Fridays, Piscataway
  • TGI Fridays, Freehold
  • TGI Fridays, Marlboro
  • TGI Fridays, Hazlet
  • Murray’s, Dover
  • TGI Fridays, East Hanover
  • Sona Thirteen, Morristown
  • Blackthorn Restaurant, Parsippany
  • Ruby Tuesday, Bridgewater
  • TGI Fridays, Linden
  • Cafe 34, Matawan
  • Applebee’s, Kearny
  • Cucina Calandara, Fairfield
  • TGI Fridays, Woodridge
  • TGI Fridays, Springfield
  • TGI Fridays, Clifton

By: Todd Quinones via CNN

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