Category: Restaurant / Liquor License

Major Changes Proposed for the Liquor Control Board

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has been criticized broadly for years for many of its policies, perhaps none more than those involving retail sales of wine and liquor.  The complaints are usually that prices are too high and selection too limited.  With a new administration… Continue reading

A Night Out Turns Lethal – – Whose Fault?

There’s an old joke which involves a young man who shoots his parents; when he is standing before the court, about to be sentenced for murder, he asks the judge to be lenient with him since he is an orphan.   Somewhat akin to that… Continue reading

Wegmans Pops a Cork to Celebrate Its New Store

An innovative supermarket has sparked a legal battle in Pennsylvania.   Wegmans, the high-end supermarket chain, recently opened a new store near Collegeville. This location marks the seventy-fourth store in its chain and the fourteenth in Pennsylvania. Wegmans stores usually boast coffee shops, bakeries, and… Continue reading

Wine Boutiques in Pennsylvania?

      As part of its plan to evolve into a customer-focused specialty retailer, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“LCB”) is investigating the idea of wine “boutiques.”  These boutiques would operate as sublets from high-end gourmet food shops in select Pennsylvania communities.  The LCB is proposing… Continue reading

Let’s Clear the Air (and It Better Be Alcohol-Free!)

Things, they are a-changing. It appears as though we are headed toward virtually a zero-tolerance level with people who have been convicted more than one time of operating under the influence of alcohol (usually referred to as “DUI”). Over the past couple of decades we… Continue reading

Pennsylvania’s Implied Consent Law

At social gatherings the presence of alcoholic beverages is common, and many people believe that they can have a couple of drinks and still be in reasonable condition to drive home. While consuming one or two drinks may not render you “legally” intoxicated, there is… Continue reading

Dram Shop Litigation

In the past decade a major body of law has developed around accidents involving people who have been served alcoholic beverages in restaurants and bars, the so-called “dram shop” cases. Our courts have determined that if the owner of a bar serves an alcoholic beverage… Continue reading

Wither the State Store?

Since the end of Prohibition in the early 1930’s, Pennsylvanians have been able to purchase liquor and wines only in the State Stores (more recently, the “Wine and Spirit Shoppes”). The State has created a monopoly which has as its original purpose the regulation and… Continue reading

Liquor License: Privilege or Right?

In the Philadelphia suburbs people will pay as much as $200,000 for a restaurant liquor license. What has a buyer of a license really bought? Certainly, other than the certificate that is issued by the Liquor Control Board (the LCB), there is nothing very tangible;… Continue reading

LCB Say “Hello” to the 21st Century

Unless you’re living under a rock (or outside of Pennsylvania), you have to be aware that some of the Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores are now open on Sundays (10% of the total). This and several other changes are the result of the adoption of two… Continue reading