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Amherst renews Chuck E. Cheese's license, citing security upgrades

The Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst hasn't had any serious incidents since the company put in place a set of security improvements there last summer, town officials say.

As a result, the Town Board on Tuesday renewed the facility's annual game room license after representatives of the police and building departments signed off on the license application.

The restaurant and game room at 4994 Harlem Road, at Sheridan Drive, was the scene of several high-profile acts of violence between March 2017 and June 2018. The Town Attorney's Office flagged 18 serious incidents over four years.

Under pressure from Amherst officials, CEC Entertainment executives made a number of changes including hiring a new security firm, improving conflict resolution training for employees, cutting maximum attendance at birthday parties and adding TV monitors that show customers they are on camera.

However, CEC Entertainment still faces a charge brought by the State Liquor Authority over the June 9 incident that saw a recently fired employee return with two other people to assault a 17-year-old co-worker, according to Amherst police.

CEC pleaded not guilty to a charge of operating a disorderly premises and a hearing is being scheduled, SLA spokesman William Crowley said Wednesday. The company could see its alcohol license revoked.

Security changes at Chuck E. Cheese's appear to satisfy Amherst Town Board


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