judge grants it 30 days to file suit against Liquor Authority
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A Manhattan judge cut the notorious Bronx strip club Sin City a break after state officials yanked its liquor license.
Civil Court Judge Arlene Bluth granted a 30-day stay of the revocation of the champagne and glitter-soaked jiggle joint's license so its lawyers could file a lawsuit against the state Liquor Authority, officials said.
The decision, issued late Thursday, allows the mammary mecca to continue slinging booze even as the SLA brought the weight of its authority down on the wayward Mott Haven club.
On Thursday night, a manager professed to have no idea about the revocation.
The move to bar the spot from selling booze came weeks after the Daily News published an investigation on the club on Park Ave. near E. 138th St.
The News reported that Sin City's self-described "Bossman" Konstantine (Gus) Drakopoulos has been breaking State Liquor Authority rules for years by running it even though his mother's name is on the liquor license -- a shady practice known in legal terms as availing.
"I think from the beginning this was a sham," SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley said at a hearing Wednesday. "My problem is this guy was running this business 100%. There's not a doubt in my mind."
Board member Greeley Ford noted that a range of documents including loan guarantees, IRS documents and records filed with the state all identify Drakopoulos as an owner or chief executive officer.
Drakopoulos' lawyer Martin Mehler insisted Drakopoulos is merely the manager.
"He is not the owner and has never been the owner," Mehler said during the hearing.
The SLA had been investigating the club for code violations since last summer when nine strippers and bouncers were busted for blatantly dealing drugs out of the club.
The SLA also cited code violations as another reason for the license revocation, saying the club has drawn police attention because of a range of violent incidents.
"Sin City has long been a nuisance to our borough, and today's news is incredibly welcome," Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz said Thursday.
Meanwhile SLA Chairman Bradley also called for an investigation into whether cops at the 40th Precinct buried 103 criminal court summonses related to the club that were never reported to the state, as law requires.
"If we want to talk about the police department, I think the 40th Precinct has to be looked at as well," Bradley said Wednesday.
"There were numerous, I mean dozens of arrests in or around this location and we didn't get one referral. We had to go and ask for it. They are required by law to refer every time they are called there."
The NYPD has not responded to emails requesting comment.