Broken Down Valise bartender Michelle Suarez (right) talks with customers (from left) Scott Nietupski, Jon Allen and Ed Grohoski on a recent Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
New York on a hot day in June felt like mid-August, with the heat shimmering off the sidewalk; there was little shade in midtown. Walking by open doors blasting frigid air made it seem even hotter. Close to noon, the thought of a cold beer crossed my mind.
In my mind’s eye: the beer, ice cold, golden amber, in one of those Coca-Cola like glasses, condensation on its side, droplets of water running down to the cork coaster sitting on a glistening polished mahogany bar, the glass topped by a perfect crown of frothy white foam. (more…)
Two men have been arrested for robbing a man at knifepoint in a Mattituck tavern last month, Southold police said.
Andrew Faircloth, 23, of Mattituck and Jonathan Gallo, 25, of Riverhead were arrested on first-degree robbery charges after an investigation into the alleged Oct. 27 incident at the Broken Down Valise on Pike Street, officials said.
The incident occurred about 2 a.m. in the establishment’s bathroom, police said, where a slightly intoxicated man was struck several times, knocked down, held at knifepoint and robbed of his cash and cell phone, Southold police said.
The victim did not require medical attention.
The suspects in the robbery knew each other, but did not know their victim, police said.
Mr. Faircloth was arrested shortly after the incident, though Mr. Gallo wasn’t picked up by police until Monday, town police said.
First degree robbery is a Class B felony, punishable by 5 to 25 years in prison.