Mother and son arrested for operating bottle club underground of Bronx restaurant in coronavirus shutdown
Police in Bronx arrested mother and son who during the coronavirus pandemic relocated their closed restaurant underground. The arrest came after the cops busted the party of about two-dozen people in a bottle club in a basement of the restaurant on Friday night.
Hollywood Delights restaurant, which is on White Plains Road near E. 227th St., Bronx, has lost its liquor license after police initially found that the eatery let the customers in through an alley door. The place was accused of violating the social distancing rules for the second time.
When the authorities showed up to the restaurant at about 7 a.m., Friday, 49-year-old owner, Dionne Warren and her 23year-old son Oshea Bryan tried to bar the officers from entering, police said.
Both were arrested for violating local laws, operating an unlicensed bottle club and obstructing government administration.
However, according to the received information, the only people in the restaurant on Friday were employees.
“They said it was a club but it is just storage and an employee lounge. They tossed all the employees outside."
Staff at Hollywood Delights believe a rival restaurant on the block may have tipped off cops.
“It (the rivalry) has been going on for a long time, I don’t know why,” he said. “Maybe it’s competition.”