Category: Restaurant / Liquor License

Keeping a Liquor License Safe: When to Put a License Into Safekeeping

When a licensed establishment is closed for renovation or is damaged by natural disaster or when the business has to close for economic reasons, there are actions the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) requires of the licensee.  Any licensed establishment closed for fifteen days or… Continue reading

What is RAMP Training and is it Necessary?

Opening a new restaurant or bar is usually a harried experience.  Hiring new employees, dealing with contractors and health inspectors, marketing the business, and buying food and alcohol all provide more stress than the normal operation of running the business.   Often a new liquor licensee… Continue reading

Do Restaurants Need to Pay for Copyrighted Music?

Virtually every restaurant or tavern plays some sort of music for its customers.  United States copyright law protects original works of authorship and entitles creators to various rights.  Holders of copyrighted sound recordings have exclusive rights to the reproduction, adaptation, distribution, and public performances of… Continue reading

Liquor License Transfers

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) issues, renews, or validates over 21,000 liquor licenses per year.  A license can be issued only  when there is both an owner (which can be either an individual or an entity) and a location for the license.  Licenses associated… Continue reading

What is a Nuisance Bar?

In 1990, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) established the “Nuisance Bar Program” as a method of dealing with licensed establishments which were chronic offenders of the Liquor Code. In 1998, the program was expanded to allow the LCB to consider activity occurring on or… Continue reading

Micro Producers of Alcohol

Most of us are familiar with the micro-beer movement which is characterized by small, independent and traditional breweries that produce craft beers in limited quantities.  The products of such breweries are often tailored to specific tastes and regions.  Similarly, the limited winery or boutique winery… Continue reading

Once Again, Major Changes to Liquor Sales are Proposed

In February 3rd, Governor Corbett announced his most recent plan to privatize the sale of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania.  Under the Governor’s proposal he expects the State to raise $1 billion dollars over a three to four-year period by selling and auctioning wholesale and retail… Continue reading

Bar Bikers Beware

        We have heard about so-called “Biker Bars” and today we will coin a new term: “Bar Bikers.”  Bar Bikers are people who ride their bikes to the bar, have a few drinks, and later ride off on their “merry” way.  Bar Bikers can be… Continue reading

Responding to a Liquor License Citation

Sale of alcohol is regulated by both the federal government and the Commonwealth.  The agency that regulates and controls the sale of alcohol in Pennsylvania is the Liquor Control Board (LCB).  Before a restaurant, bar, deli, brewery, hotel or similar establishment can legally sell alcohol… Continue reading

Ice Beer – – Yum!

Although it is not promoted widely by the beer manufacturers, ice beer (also known as eisbock, the German designation for it) may be working its way into your consciousness. It is manufactured by taking ordinary beer and sending it to subfreezing temperatures. (Note that this… Continue reading