Thirteen TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey have been cited for allegedly filling high-end liquor bottles with cheap booze, and then selling it to customers who thought they were buying expensive alcohol (video below).
In total, twenty-nine bars and restaurants were cited, almost half were TGI Fridays.
New Jersey's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been probing the issue for about a year, notes the Associated Press. The "Operation Swill" investigation was based on consumer complaints, confidential informants and secret samples.
The alleged liquor scheme resulted in higher profits for the bars and eateries.
According to CBS New York, TGI Fridays Inc. released this statement: “TGI Fridays was just made aware of this issue and is working closely with the franchisee and owner of the cited locations to review and investigate these serious allegations."
"We have one of the most extensive bar and beverage programs in the industry, which sets a very high standard in the quality and service of our beverages.”