TRENTON, N.J. (July 31, 2013)--An operator of TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey that was raided as part of Operation Swill has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for serving customers cheap booze when they paid for top shelf liquor.
Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman said Wednesday that the fine against Livingston-based Briad Group should send a message to every bar and restaurant in the state that customers should always get what they pay for.
Authorities raided 29 establishments as part of the operation.
The eight TGI Fridays included in the settlement are in West Orange, East Windsor, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Freehold, Marlboro, Hazlet and Linden.
Under terms of the settlement, Briad will employ a state-appointed monitor through June 14 to ensure the restaurants and employees are in compliance.