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Feb 22, 2021

USDA Certified Organic Seltzers: One of a Kind?

Anheuser-Busch introduced its Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer last month, advertising the beverage as the “First-of-its-kind organic option to the hard seltzer category,” “First USDA-certified organic seltzer,” “First National USDA Certified Organic Hard Seltzer,” and “First-ever national USDA certified organic hard seltzer.” » Read More

Dec 11, 2020

Pennsylvania’s COVID Christmas Closure 2020

Beginning tonight, just after midnight, all indoor dining and consumption of alcohol at restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries will be prohibited under new orders issued by Governor Wolf on December 10, 2020. These facilities will still be allowed to serve customers via curbside, take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining and alcohol service through this holiday season. » Read More

Dec 09, 2020

Promising Court Opinions in First Wave of COVID Insurance Loss Claims for Restaurants

The hospitality industry has suffered significant economic distress as a result of COVID and the related state-mandated shutdowns on business operations. The COVID pandemic has created a unique set of facts that have not been addressed by the insurance industry in the United States, and restaurant owners with business interruption policies have taken insurance company denials to court. » Read More

Sep 17, 2020

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Restaurant Restrictions Remain Fluid

Without any fanfare, the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development (“DCED”) has released two frequently asked questions (FAQ) postings to further explain Governor Wolf’s recent press release and new orders on COVID-19 restaurant restrictions. The FAQs and new orders actually alter some of the items revealed in the press release just last week. » Read More

Sep 11, 2020

One Step Forward, One Step Back: PA Gov Dances Around COVID Rules for Restaurants

On Tuesday, September 8, Governor Wolf announced new COVID-19 mandates applicable to the state’s retail restaurants that eased some restrictions but imposed new ones and created many open issues. The good news is that beginning September 21, restaurants (which we assume also means breweries) can increase their indoor capacity to 50%. » Read More

Aug 03, 2020

COVID-19 Brings Consumer Convenience to Pennsylvania

Effective tomorrow, August 4, 2020, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) amended sections 407, 415, and 442 of Act 29 of 2020. These revisions allow Pennsylvania Restaurant (“R”) liquor licensees, Eating Place Malt Beverage (“E”) licensees, and Wine Expanded Permit (“WEP”) holders that possess interior connections to another business they operate, such as a grocery store, convenience store, or similarly situated business that cannot have its entire building or business licensed, to have the consumer use the cash registers at their other business to sell malt or brewed beverages and wine for off-premises consumption. » Read More

Jul 23, 2020

New PLCB Guidance on Governor Wolf’s “Meal” Requirement Leaves Much to the Imagination

On July 16, 2020, Governor Wolf’s new order went into effect further limiting the operating privileges of Pennsylvania’s hospitality businesses. The major changes are: (1) inside occupancy limited to 25% of capacity, (2) no on-premises alcohol sales without a “meal” as part of the transaction, and (3) indoor events are now limited to 25 people maximum including staff. » Read More

Jul 16, 2020

“I Thought Groundhog Day Was in February?” Pennsylvania Governor Rewinds Clock Restricting the Operations of Bars and Restaurants to Mitigate the Spread of the Coronavirus

On July 15, 2020, Governor Wolf announced new statewide mitigation efforts in response to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in the western part of the state. While these mitigation efforts were described as “surgical and targeted,” these new executive regulations affect all operations of bars and restaurants throughout the Commonwealth, despite, as recent as last week, the Governor announced that he would be leaving it up to the local governments to determine any further restrictions. » Read More

Jun 29, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Issues Additional Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service (Second Update)

Recently, Governor Wolf and the PLCB issued guidance for hospitality businesses beginning to serve customers inside (green) or outside (green and yellow). We covered that guidance in our last blog post, “Pennsylvania Governor Issues Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service.” » Read More