Cephas: Liquor Control Board denies license to local Stop N’Go

HARRISBURG, July 19 – Today, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that the PA Liquor Control Board denied the renewal of a local liquor license to a Stop N’Go following complaints from the recently established Liquor Control Task Force and the community.

“Stop N’Go establishments like this have been a major problem throughout our communities,” Cephas said. “Two years ago, my office launched a local Liquor Enforcement Taskforce in partnership with area stakeholders, including the 191st and 190th legislative districts. If a business doesn’t meet the requirements in the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it shouldn’t be serving our community. This is about keeping people safe and ensuring these establishments aren’t circumventing the law.”

Cephas said the business will have to cease operations at 11:59 pm on July 19. However, the licensee, Yong’s Place, will have 20 days to file an appeal in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. If an appeal is filed, the owner will be allowed to continue operating during the appeal process.

“I appreciate my West Philadelphia colleague, Representative Cephas, for working collaboratively with me to address our quality of life concerns,” Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., said. “Bad businesses that do not follow the established protocols serve as a haven for crime, and that reduces property values. I am thrilled to see one such business finally being held accountable and I look forward to working together to restore safety to commercial corridors across the area.”

"The PA Liquor Control Board’s decision to suspend the license for Yong’s Place is a step in the right direction for our West Philadelphia community,” Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., said. “Our community, local officials, and the Liquor Control Task Force will not tolerate establishments that promote drugs and violence and that do not operate as good business stewards in our community. We welcome businesses that contribute to the improvement and overall well-being of the community and the residents that reside here."

Cephas also supported the passage of the 2017 Fiscal Code bill that gives local government entities the power to make recommendations for the Liquor Control Board to investigate nuisance businesses.