ALBANY – The State Liquor Authority suspended the license of Mozza Restaurant Inc., doing business as Mozza Restaurant, at 95 Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon.
The suspension was ordered at a meeting of the full SLA board on Wednesday, October 10. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises. During the suspension period the SLA intends to seek the permanent cancelation or revocation of the license.
On October 4 at about 2:30 in the morning, Mount Vernon Police were called about a fight in front of the licensed premises and when they arrived, they received a second dispatch about shots fired near Mozza. They discovered two .380 shell casings near the scene. A short time later, Yonkers Police officers pulled over a vehicle for speeding and discovered one of the occupants suffered from a gunshot wound to the forehead. The driver told police he and the victim were drinking at Mozza when an altercation with the bar’s bouncers broke out in front of the bar, but he could not recall details as he and the shooting victim were drunk.
The victim was taken to Westchester Medical Center where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the head.
The Mount Vernon Police reported that over the past year the establishment has become a continuous source of disorder, with 170 directed patrols and nearly 50 emergency 911 calls for fights and disorderly crowds. Since December 2017, the Mount Vernon Police have referred five violent incidents stemming from Mozza Restaurant.