State Denies Liquor Permit for Lazy Lizard Café

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014  |  Updated 12:28 PM EDT
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The state has denied a New Haven’s bar’s request to renew its liquor permit after several problems.

The state Department of Consumer Protection issued its decision on Tuesday to deny a liquor permit renewal for Lazy Lizard Café and released a statement on Wednesday.

During an administrative hearing before the Liquor Control Commission on March 27, New Haven residents and the police department objected to renewing the permit because of violations, including violence at the bar.

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman objected in writing to renewing the permit and mentioned a shooting on May 18, 2013 that stemmed from a dispute inside the café, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.

Assistant Chief Casanova testified about the “huge brawl” inside the café before the shooting outside.

Maria Delmonaco, one of the owners of Lazy Lizard Café, also testifies, along with  New Haven Police Sergeant Tammy Means and Assistant Police Chief Luiz Casanova.

“We will not tolerate establishments that turn a blind eye to the safety of their patrons,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement.  “If violence becomes a problem, the owners have a responsibility to take the necessary steps to ensure that the proper security is in place..”

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