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The city has suspended the liquor license of Neighbors Lounge (9025 East 35th Street) for 10 days because the tavern was found to be in violation of the no-smoking ordinance. Neighbors Lounge will be closed on July 19 and 20. The bar will also be on probation for a year. A second violation of the ordinance would trigger the remaining eight days of the 10-day suspension.
As reported on Plog this morning, customers at Neighbors were observed violating the ban at least seven times. Although a number of bars have been ticketed, Neighbors is just the third to be shut down for violating the ordinance.