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Jersey Shore Bar Admits Pouring Cheap Vodka

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State officials say a Jersey shore bar served cheaper vodka to customers who paid for premium spirits.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control says Laguna Grill and Martini Bar in Brigantine will close for seven days next summer and pay a $20,000 fine.

The establishment is owned by Brigantine Councilman Dominic “Tony” Pullella.

Inspectors say the scam took place from May to September.

Anonymous tips led investigators to the bar’s inventory room, where they said they found a large red funnel and a cardboard sign on a liquor cabinet that read “Only save these vodka bottles. Do not throw any call to top shelf empties out.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Big Pete

    I have worked in many bars owned by honest Americans, and I never saw anything like this. This is classic mafia trickery, they would sell their soul for a dollar. Drink at home with your real friends, keep your money in the bank.

  • John Malverne

    My father-in-law was a liquor salesman for 20 years. According to him, nearly *every* establishment does this.

    The moral of the story is this: Since 99 out of 100 people can’t tell the difference between expensive vodka and average vodka, stop paying the premium for a fancy name.

  • Grey Goose

    Like Snooki would be able to tell.

  • Bladerunner

    Jersey shore bar pours cheap vodka. In another story; water is wet and the sun rises in the east!

  • Blaise

    What mob? Your watching too many movies.Mr.pullella was a outstanding owner who treated customers and employees like gold. As a former employee,never ,ever would he even consider cheating. If anything he should raise the prices for the quality food/drink he provides. P.S. OMERTA

    Hi Tony Mike and Blaise say hello. Miss Summers in Brigantine.

    • Tony

      Good girl

  • willie

    Everything in Jersey is s….t. the whole place is run by the mob.

  • CAPS

    The establishment is owned by Brigantine Councilman Dominic “Tony” Pullella. Now if this guy did that as a bar owner imagine what he did as a council man ?

  • Dave in Doylestown

    I assumed all bars did this

  • Jon

    Be sure to write plenty reviews on urban spoon and Google letting potential customers know of their crime. They got off way too easy. The state should have closed them for two months in the summer and revoked their liquor license.

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