Kingsport wins contest, NY bartenders demand investigation

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WVLT/WJHL) -- After an East Tennessee city won a Long Island Iced Tea contest, its competitor wants an investigation.

CBS affiliate WJHL reported the owner of "Hudson's on the Mile" in New York is accusing Visit Kingsport of rigging the Long Island Iced Tea competition which recently wrapped up.

The owner of the New York bar, Butch Yamali, called the competition possibly fraudulent. He said he and his team were left out of location negotiations and had no say in judge selection.

The New York bar staff is evaluating legal action, WJHL reported, and intends on sending Visit Kingsport a cease and desist letter as they claim to have won the contest.

Visit Kingsport issued a statement:

"We have had a great relationship with Hudson's on the Mile and all of their staff who have been part of this for more than a year now. When I first saw this, I honestly thought this was just their way of trying to keep the competition going, so it's very unfortunate and disappointing if they really feel this way."

Read WJHL's report here.

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