Source: New Jersey Patch
The New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has temporarily suspended the operating license for Fantasie’s go-go bar located on Rt. 36 on the Hazlet/Keyport border, due in part to the bar serving alcohol to an already visibly drunk customer who went on to commit a fatal DWI.
Robert Pennington, 51, of Marlboro, admitted that on Dec. 5, 2014, he consumed more than seven beers during the hours he spent at Fantasie’s. He then drove his minivan south on Rt. 34 in Holmdel, and hit a car driven by a 32-year-old Old Bridge man head on. Pennington was uninjured; the driver died at the scene.
In 2016, Pennington pleaded guilty to second-degree death by auto and DWI and was sentenced to six years in prison. According an ABC consent order, Fantasie’s license will be suspended for 135 days, effective from 2:01 a.m. on Jan. 2 until 2:01 a.m. on May 16.
The consent order also indicated that Fantasie’s has repeatedly flouted New Jersey’s go-go bar laws, including allowing dancers perform unclothed and to touch audience members.
Lap dances are allowed in New Jersey, but “audience participation” — touching of — the dancers is prohibited. State regulations also ban women from dancing topless or bottomless at any establishment with an alcohol license.