Volume 76, Number 18 | September 20 - 26, 2006

That’s all for The Falls; Bar surrendered its liquor license

By Lori Haught

The Falls is closed for good.

At least its old incarnation, now infamous for the murder of John Jay student Imette St. Guillen in February, is over.

On June 9, The Falls was closed under a Police Department nuisance abatement action. The police shuttered the bar for three instances of selling alcohol to a minor and one charge of selling alcohol after hours since the start of the year.

The closing came as the State Liquor Authority had begun a process to close the bar permanently after St. Guillen’s murder. Darryl Littlejohn, a bouncer at The Falls the night St. Guillen was murdered, had been employed without a proper background check and was not registered to be a bouncer, a violation of state law. Littlejohn was charged with the murder in June.

Michael Smith, special assistant to Joshua Toas, S.L.A. chief executive, said The Falls surrendered its liquor license on July 7 and the bar is now under different ownership.

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