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Category Archives: Liquor Licensing

Definitions Of Manufacturer’s, Wholesalers and Importers

In order to make clear the many terms used by the New York State Liquor Authority when referring to manufacturers, wholesalers and importers in their Advisories, the following is a list of those terms and their explanations. BREWER means an entity, other than a FARM BREWER, licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority to… Read More »

What Is The Difference Between A Restaurant Wine License & A Tavern Wine License?

People are sometimes confused about the difference between a RESTAURANT WINE LICENSE (R/W) and a TAVERN WINE LICENSE (T/W). Both licenses fall under the category of on-premises licenses. They are licenses for premises in which alcohol is both purchased and consumed on the premises. A restaurant wine license is for a premises that sells wine and beer,… Read More »

MISINFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

Lately, I have noticed some new websites on the internet that are posting misinformation about the types of liquor licenses available in New York State and the process of obtaining them. I am certain that these sites have the best of intentions and are done in the public interest. However, inaccurate information is sometimes worse… Read More »

NEW LIQUOR/WINE STORE APPLICATION

On September 16, 2015, The Authority posted a revised Liquor Store and Wine Store application on their website to assist applicants in providing more complete and accurate information and complying with all mandatory requirements. The new application has more clear and concise instructions. Some of the changes to the application include: a revision to the… Read More »

WHAT LICENSEE’S NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD CONCESSIONS, FINGERPRINTS AND PREGNANCY SIGNS

FOOD CONCESSION ARRANGEMENTS All on-premises retail licensees are required to have food available for purchase and consumption by patrons. Where the licensee will not be preparing the food but will enter into an agreement with another to do so, the licensee or applicant shall notify the Authority that the licensee will be contracting with a… Read More »

SURRENDER AND SAFEKEEPING OF LICENSES

If a licensed business is closed for less than two weeks, no action is required in order for the premises to remain in good standing (bona fide). If a licensed business temporarily closes or otherwise ceases licensed activities for more than two weeks, the license certificate must be placed in SAFEKEEPING. If the licensed business… Read More »

KNOW YOUR LICENSE CLASS

When applying for a New York State Liquor License, it is very important to know the class of license you will be applying for.  It may sound simple, but it can be confusing.  Each license class has specific criteria for that license.  It becomes apparent when you compare these two licenses. A Restaurant Wine License… Read More »

ALE HOUSE IN SYRACUSE DENIED A LIQUOR LICENSE

An Applicant was denied an alcohol license by the NYS Liquor Authority  because the 1 year notice to the city of its intent to open had expired.  In addition, the Applicant did not apply for the proper license.  The Applicant should have applied for a Tavern Wine license and not a Restaurant Wine license because… Read More »

FORGED LIQUOR LICENSE

Recently, a joint New York City Police Department and State Liquor Authority investigation culminated in the arrest of an individual for forging a New York State Liquor License that was being used by a Queens restaurant. The forged license was discovered during a State Liquor Authority investigation.  SLA investigators discovered an altered copy of a… Read More »

$500,000 FINE FOR NEW YORK WINE PRODUCERS

Recently, the New York State Liquor Authority levied a $500,000 fine against some well known New York restaurateurs and wine producers. As if the whopping fine was not enough, the SLA suspended their retail wine store license for 6 months and forced one of the principal owners to relinquish ownership in the store. What could… Read More »

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