The saga of what was in the Sangria at Cuban Pete’s continues. Two weeks ago, we broke the story of owner Dominick Restaino’s arrest for selling alcohol without a license.
And based on a report in yesterday’s Montclair Times, the story is still as murky as a pitcher of Sangria. Telling his side, Restaino says that he thought boiling the alcohol content from the wine used to make his now famous beverage, would let him get around the requirement for a license.
I was getting these big pots, he said. And I would dump all the cooking wine in and turn it up with a lid on until it boiled. The ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) came in and said I wasn’t cooking it long enough.
So the ABC and the Montclair Police came in and did a clean sweep of 30 barrels of wine, and all the wine cooking paraphernalia in the restaurant.
"The ABC doesn’t arrest you. They get the Montclair
Police to do it. They took things out of here in little plastic bags
like I murdered somebody," Restaino said.
Restaino told the Times he has purchased a new 55 gallon copper vat — complete with a built in alcohol level gauage — which he plans to fire up next week. But we want to know, are you going to buy a pitcher of Sangria if you know you’re not gonna get a buzz?
Restaino says he’s determined to win the Sangria battle when he presents his defense to
the Montclair Municipal Court on March 23.