A chaotic fight featuring chair-tossing brawlers has landed a Bronx eatery in hot water with the State Liquor Authority and raised questions about a local lawmaker, the Daily News learned on Tuesday.
The owners of Seafood City on City Island have been summoned by the state agency to defend themselves after video of the melee went viral last month.
The SLA could move to rescind the restaurant’s liquor license over the ordeal.
The fight, which had the air of a full blown WWE-style wrestling match, took place around 9:45 p.m., Feb. 23, according to police.
SEE IT: Chair-hurling brawl breaks out in Bronx seafood eatery
A dozen people can be seen in the clip tossing and using chairs as shields and weapons as well as throwing punches at one another.
The free-for-all became a political issue as three candidates to replace term-limited James Vacca all weighed in on the restaurant’s responsibility regarding its unruly patrons.
Marjorie Velazquez called for Seafood City’s liquor license to be revoked, while John Doyle said safety was his main concern.
“Pulling their license seems like a bridge too far,” he said. “What happened last month wasn’t tragic, what would be tragic would be if we didn’t take this opportunity to try to make things safer for the patrons and the residents.”
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Meanwhile, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, also running for District 13 council seat, addressed media following the incident as a representative of the owners — and he has raked in ,000 in donations from the restauranteurs.
Co-owners Daniel Pirraglia and Bernardino Esposito contributed 0 each to Gjonaj on March 7, according to city records.
Gjonaj is no stranger when it comes to the seaside restaurants of City Island.
His brother owns the popular Don Coqui by the Water. The pol ponied up ,000 in donor funds to his sibling’s establishment in January as he settled up a number of tabs, according to the New York Observer.
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Neither Gjonaj nor the owners of Seafood City immediately responded to requests for comment.
Gjonaj sent this statement on Wednesday: “In order to ensure that immediate safety measures be imposed, I coordinated a meeting between the owners of Seafood City and the Deputy Inspector of the 45th Police Precinct. It was agreed that additional private security would be hired and the NYPD has increased their patrol of City Island. I thank them both for taking steps towards providing a safer environment for residents and visitors alike.”
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