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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 »

RULES FOR “NEW YEAR’S EVE” PERMITS 2014

The Liquor Authority has issued NEW rules for 2014 concerning how “all night” or “New Year’s Eve” permits will be issued this year.  These Permits allow On-Premises Licensees to continue serving alcoholic beverages after 4 am. The application must be filed before November 16, 2014 to be eligible. The Licensee must send notice of his/her… 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 »

UNDERAGE ALCOHOL SALES IN NEW YORK CITY

On April 17, 2014, the New York State Liquor Authority began using a new part-time unit to investigate alcohol sales to minors in New York City. The SLA received a $147,000 grant from the New York City Department of  Health and Mental Hygiene through the Centers for Disease Control to form a unit exclusively to… Read More »

NEW YORK CITY STRIP CLUBS AND LIQUOR LICENSES

In recent years, Community Boards have not only been successful in preventing new strip clubs from opening in their neighborhoods, they have been working toward having the liquor licenses of existing clubs revoked. Their strategy is to use crime, noise and quality-of-life issues to appeal to the New York State Liquor Authority to have existing… Read More »

HOW MUCH DOES A LIQUOR LICENSE COST?

That is probably the most asked question I get. Whether the question is asked on the telephone or in an e-mail. There are many different kinds of licenses and many factors that cause a price to vary. I usually need some basic information from the person so that I can give them a reasonably close… Read More »

A NEW WAY TO ORDER YOUR ALCOHOL ON YOUR IPHONE

Drizly began in 2011, and gives alcohol shoppers a digital way to order beer, wine or liquor from liquor store located near them. It first started in Boston and its now also approved in New York City. Its a free app on iPads and iPhones. Just download it and start to use it. It takes… Read More »

STREAMLINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS

In an effort to improve the efficiency of Liquor Licensing, the Authority is making significant changes to their procedures and applications.  The changes will streamline the application process and several changes have been made to the instructions, application, and application review procedures. Several sections of the application have been significantly modified.  The application is more… Read More »

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