Category: Restaurant / Liquor License

Restaurants Increased Outdoor Occupancy Announced

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting September 21, 2020. To ensure that these businesses operate safely as Pennsylvania continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to instill customers and employees with confidence knowing that they… Continue reading

Relief to Businesses That Have Continued to Sell Healthy Food Throughout the COVID-19 Emergency

On July 9, 2020 Governor Tom Wolf announced that $10 million now available for Pennsylvania businesses that have worked to maintain access to fresh, healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund  funded through the CARES Act  is available… Continue reading

Guidance for Restaurants During COVID-19 (update)

Governor Wolf’s Office has updated guidance  for Restaurants Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public As much of the Commonwealth moves from the Yellow phase to the Green phase of the reopening process,… Continue reading

Pennsylvania Releases Guidance for Restaurants Operating During the Covid-19 Disaster Emergency

As business begin to reopen during this pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued guidance for restaurants and food services businesses.  Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) is easily transmitted, especially in group settings.  COVID-19 can be transmitted from infected individuals who are asymptomatic or are experiencing mild… Continue reading

Attention Liquor Licensees

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued guidance to licensees regarding Act 21 of 2020, which allows certain hotel and restaurant licensees to temporarily sell prepared beverages and mixed drinks to go, that went into effect on May 21, 2020. Hotel and restaurant licensees that… Continue reading

Serving Minors is a Major Problem

If you ask people what the drinking age is in Pennsylvania most will quickly answer 21.  Indeed, since prohibition was repealed in 1933, Pennsylvania’s legal drinking age has been 21 years of age. For a licensed establishment, serious penalties and fines occur when the licensee… Continue reading

10th Auction of Expired Restaurant Licenses Now Open

The bidding process for the tenth auction for expired restaurant licenses is now open.  The Commonwealth is offering 25 expired restaurant licenses in a sealed bid auction.  There will be one license offered in each of the following counties: Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Cameron,… Continue reading

Off-Premises Catering Permits

Restaurant, Hotel, Brew Pub, and Eating Place licensees are entitled to apply for an “Off Premises Catering Permit” (“OPCP”).  For an annual application fee of $500.00 to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) qualified licensees are permitted to hold a “catered function” off their licensed… Continue reading

Bah Humbug

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) recognizes that it is common practice, especially during the Holiday Season, for many businesses to provide gifts or other things of value as a gesture of goodwill or appreciation for receiving quality customer service. While the sentiment behind such… Continue reading

Distributors: What Makes Them Unique From Other Retail Liquor Licenses

Pennsylvania alcohol consumers purchase most of their alcoholic products from restaurant licensees, state stores or from distributors in the case of beer or malt brewed beverages.  The Commonwealth serves as the wholesaler of wine and spirits and distributes those products to its state stores which… Continue reading