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Binghamton Police Confirm Colonial Ownership Investigation


UPDATE – Friday 4 p.m.

City police admit investigating a November 28 incident involving the owners of The Colonial restaurant in downtown Binghamton.

Detective Captain Cory Minor released a news story published late Friday afternoon. In it, he said police were aware that “other allegations are being made on social media.”

Minor said anyone with information can contact the Detective Division at (607) 772-7080.

The statement also said: “It is important for the public to know that, as with any serious criminal allegation, the Binghamton Police Department takes this matter seriously and investigates all allegations to the fullest extent possible.”

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One of the owners of three restaurants in Binghamton town center declined to say when the businesses would resume operations.

Colonial, Dos Rios Cantina and Stone Fox Bar & Pizza establishments were closed Thursday following allegations of online sexual assault involving company employees.

Binghamton Police Detective Captain Cory Minor said on Friday afternoon that no arrests had been made in connection with the reported allegations. He declined to discuss any investigation involving the restaurants.

Dos Rios Cantina at 60 Court Street on December 10, 2021 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

A brief article on The Colonial’s Facebook page Thursday said the company was aware of “rumors” alleging “heinous activity in our restaurants.”

The post, which was deleted, said “these allegations are deeply troubling.” He added that although no one has been charged with a crime, “the individuals in question have been placed on leave.”

A Facebook post on Friday said The Colonial would reopen Friday evening “during regular business hours.”

The post also read: “With respect to the allegations at issue, we will not comment on baseless allegations. We will not comment on the culture of cancellation either. As a professional organization, we will continue to operate our facilities. ” a way that ensures the safety and security of not only our staff but all customers
We are very grateful for the continued support of the community. “

A partner in the group that owns the restaurants returned a call from WNBF News but declined to discuss the matter. When asked if the restaurants would reopen on Friday, he replied “no comment on anything” and hung up.

The Stone Fox Restaurant at 15 Hawley Street on December 10, 2021 (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected].

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