Twelve people were arrested for selling drugs out of a now-closed Queens restaurant following a ten-month investigation dubbed "Operation Dinner Out," which authorities say had members of the Trinitarios, Latin Kings and Bloods gangs working together.
Police spent months investigating The La Braza in Briarwood, Queens, and recovered four guns, more than a kilo of cocaine; 777 glassines of heroin (more than an ounce) and two ounces of marijuana; plus $3,520 in cash, according to a press release [pdf] from Queens DA Richard Brown. The restaurant was owned by an alleged Trinitarios gang member, who worked in conjunction with nine other alleged Trinitarios members, plus one Latin King and one Bloods member to sell drugs out of the restaurant.
“When illegal drugs are sold at a restaurant we can expect that violence associated with guns, drug sales and gang activity will also show up on the menu," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. The suspects are being variously charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.
For what it's worth, it appears that the food was never the draw at The La Braza: "If there was a "0 star option" this place would be there!" reads one Yelp review. "Decor of a strip club, with bright red chairs, Scarface playing on TV, cuss word rap music blaring from the stereo, a rude waitress, thugs hanging out in the bar area, and horrible, inedible food, this place takes the cake for the worst restaurant I have ever eaten at!"