TGI Fridays operator in N.J. fined for switching booze

An operator of TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey raided as part of Operation Swill has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for serving customers cheap booze when they paid for top shelf. The Briad Group agreed not to contest charges that eight of its restaurants were selling customers cheap substitutes in place of premium alcohol.

At one of the 29 businesses targeted, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water that was not even clean. The eight TGI Fridays in the settlement are in West Orange, East Windsor, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Freehold, Marlboro, Hazlet and Linden.

- Associated Press

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