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29 NJ Bars Swapped Top Shelf Liquor for Well Hooch

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They've been swapping out cheap booze for premium.
They've been swapping out cheap booze for premium.
Photo: TGI Fridays

After a very long investigation called "Operation Swill," the office of the New Jersey Attorney General has targeted 29 bars that have been accused of swapping out top shelf booze with non-premium, or "well" liquor. While this shady switcheroo maneuver has been around as long as brand name hooch has been available, this investigation is the largest and most-high profile to date.

Among the 29 establishments suspected of this practice, 13 are TGI Friday's (all of which appear to be owned by The Briad Group, based in Livingston, NJ) as well as popular spots Sona 13 and Blackthorn Restaurant. The info was gathered by tipsters, customer complaints, and some booze analyzing technology.

Railroad Café, East Rutherford
The Brick House, Wycoff
Sunset Tavern, Burlington
Graziano's Ristorante, Chesilhurst
Villari's Lakeside, Gloucester Township
Yesterdays, Marmora
TGI Fridays, West Orange
Italian Affair, Glassboro
Bells Tavern, Lambertville
TGI Fridays, East Windsor
Brunswick Grove, East Brunswick
TGI Fridays, Old Bridge
TGI Fridays, North Brunswick
TGI Fridays, Piscataway
TGI Fridays, Freehold
TGI Fridays, Marlboro
TGI Fridays, Hazlet
Murray's, Dover
TGI Fridays, East Hanover
Sona Thirteen, Morristown
Blackthorn Restaurant, Parsippany
Ruby Tuesday, Bridgewater
TGI Fridays, Linden
Café 34, Matawan
Applebee's, Kearny
Cucina Calandara, Fairfield
TGI Fridays, Woodridge
TGI Fridays, Springfield
TGI Fridays, Clifton

· 29 New Jersey Bars Swapped Out Premium Booze [6 ABC]
· All Scandal Coverage [~EPHI~]

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