Twenty-nine New Jersey bars and restaurants are being accused of charging customers full-price for fraudulent substitutions of liquor.
One bar allegedly sold a mixture of rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring and called it scotch. Another is suspected of refilling premium liquor bottles with dirty water. Of the restaurants being investigated, 13 of them are TGI Friday’s franchises.
These revelations come as the result of a year-long investigation by state officials dubbed “Operation Swill.” The investigators visited 63 establishments where 150 drinks were samples. 20% of the drinks that were collected did not belong to the brand they were being sold under.
The accused bars face steep consequences, including suspended liquor licenses and possible revocation.