For the “Sangria Files:” Cuban Pete’s owner, Dominick Restaino, was indicted yesterday for illegal liquor sales at his Bloomfield Avenue restaurant. The restaurant was raided last December, after ABC and police investigations alleged the alcohol content of the boiled wine used for sangria was over the legal limit. Restaino’s been charged with charged with distributing/selling alcohol without a license, possession of alcohol with intent to distribute without a license and distribution of alcohol. From The Star Ledger:
The ABC asked the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to make the grand jury presentation, Lori quet said. If convicted of all three charges, Restaino faces a maxi mum punishment of three years in prison.
Restaino did not return a call for comment yesterday. But after he was booked by police in December, he blamed his problems on bar owners who were upset with him and local politics.
Last week at Cuban Pete’s, Dominick seemed unusually subdued. Beautiful pitchers of exotic fruit concoctions (BYO wine to make sangria) and mojitos with a teeny bit of alcohol seemed to be very popular with the clientele.