New Years Eve is fast approaching and since it can be one of the most profitable nights of the year for nightclubs, bars, and restaurants alike, wouldn’t you like to stay open and serve alcohol all night long?   Licensees may do just that by applying...

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The hours that a restaurant, bar or retail store can legally serve alcohol until are determined by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“ABCL”).  However, the outer limits set by the ABCL are trumped by the rules of the county in which the establishment or store...

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Buying an existing restaurant or bar can be great for several reasons, but you need to make sure your interests are protected by performing the proper due diligence.  There are many issues which should be researched when buying a restaurant in New York; here are a...

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In speaking to potential New York City restaurant & bar owners, we frequently hear the same question: “I plan to open my restaurant in about three months.  However, I hear that it can take almost six months to get a liquor license.  Is there anything...

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When looking to open a new restaurant or bar, the two choices are to find a new space to rent to use for your restaurant, or to buy an existing restaurant or bar.  Often times, spending the money up front to buy an existing restaurant...

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The ABC Law prohibits certain applicants from being issued a NYS Liquor License if their proposed establishment is on the same street and within 200 feet of a building that is exclusively used as a school, church, synagogue or other place of worship.  This restriction...

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You’ve seen it throughout New York City: that small, hole-in-the-wall establishment that prominently advertises “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Beer/Bottle/Booze; whatever you fancy).  Bringing your own alcohol is certainly tempting for a customer, considering the alcohol mark-up some restaurants impose on their patrons who choose to...

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and its effects on the restaurant and bar industry in NYC, the Department of Health and State Liquor Authority are faced with many restaurants that cannot open again or that will need to relocate temporarily or permanently. As NYC...

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From the Gothamist: Reckless Restaurant Delivery Guys Cost UES Eatery A Liquor License (Flickr User ctownjb)   The State Liquor Authority has taken the rare step of denying a liquor license to a Chinese restaurant on Second Avenue near East 91st Street because of the...

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The New York State Liquor Authority now allows attorneys to self-certify certain liquor license applications.  Applicants who engage attorneys to submit self-certified applications will receive approvals in a much shorter time than usual. Here is the SLA announcement: SELF CERTIFICATION PROGRAM – September 11, 2009...

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