MANHATTAN — A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ordered the State Liquor Authority to reinstate the liquor license of the Hudson Square nightclub where the singers Chris Brown and Drake allegedly sparked a bottle-throwing brawl over their ex-flame Rihanna last month.
Justice Geoffrey Wright determined that a continued suspension of the basement club WIP and its sister club Greenhouse's liquor license would unfairly penalize the hot spots.
"[The clubs] should not suffer a death penalty before a determination of guilt," he wrote.
WIP and Greenhouse will reopen Tuesday and will be allowed to serve alcohol but must enact additional security measures, according to court documents and the clubs' statement.
"Plastic cups have replaced glass when drinks are served, and there is increased security, including the mandatory checking of bags," Wright said in Monday's ruling.
The June 14 melee injured several clubgoers, including NBA star Tony Parker, who last month filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club owners.
Police closed the clubs June 16 for unspecified violations after the Chris Brown-Drake uproar, a move their owners claim has made them the scapegoats for their customers' bad behavior. The State Liquor Authority suspended the clubs' license June 26, citing violations for disorder, noise and drug use.
The clubs sued to reopen and last month were granted permission to do so — but without liquor service, the Daily News reported.
Monday's ruling allows the full restoration of service at both clubs.
"We are thankful to the court for permitting us to reopen and allowing our over 250 employees to get back to work immediately," a spokeswoman for the clubs said in a statement.