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Mar 24, 2020

New Orleans Restaurant Files Suit Against Insurance Carrier for Losses Resulting From Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On Monday, March 16, 2020, a prominent New Orleans restaurant became the first business nationwide to file suit against an insurance carrier for losses sustained as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). In Cajun Conti, LLC et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, et al. » Read More

Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Pennsylvania Food and Beverage Businesses

This blog post will contain the latest updates for restaurant, bar, hotel, tavern, brewery, winery, and distillery licensees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Pennsylvania (Latest Update: April 3, 2020, 9:00 AM). Below the updates, we included some compliance tips to think about if you choose to or are forced to close your food or beverage business. » Read More

Nov 26, 2018

Let Everyone Know They Can Bring Their Own Bottle: New Jersey Ban on BYOB Advertising Deemed Unconstitutional

Our restaurant clients – those who do not have a liquor license – frequently ask us about the BYOB rules in New Jersey.  What types of alcoholic beverages can customers consume on the premises?  (Wine and beer only.)  Can I charge a “corkage” or “service” fee to those bringing their own beer or wine to my restaurant?  » Read More

Nov 19, 2018

New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Industry Should Take Advantage of The Tax Amnesty Program

As described in more detail by our colleagues, “New Jersey Tax Amnesty – A Timely Gift from the State of NJ,” this holiday season, the New Jersey Division of Taxation is affording New Jersey businesses the chance to pay back certain taxes with no penalty and only one-half of the interest. » Read More

Nov 06, 2018

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Seventh Restaurant License Auction: Winners and Losers

As the top bidders were announced for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) Seventh Restaurant License Auction, anybody who has paid attention to the results of the previous auctions can notice a trend.  The last few auctions have had more no-bids and the high-bids have gone down substantially.  » Read More

Oct 09, 2018

Beer and Pizza? Yes. Wine and Pizza? No. Home Delivery of Wine Practically Impossible for Restaurant Licensees Under Liquor Code

Do you like wine with your pizza? There’s now an app that helps you choose the perfect bottle to match your toppings, but there’s a catch and the Pennsylvania Liquor Code is responsible for it. If you like beer with your pizza, you can have it delivered with your pizza of choice without leaving the comfort of your home. » Read More

Aug 22, 2018

Surprise – Your Liquor License Can Be Suspended

Since the passage of Act 44 of 2017, Pennsylvania establishments which serve alcohol are now in danger of being shut down by unannounced compliance checks performed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. These checks can suspend a liquor license immediately at the time of the inspection.  » Read More

Jun 28, 2018

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Sixth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa.L.C.B.) has announced the sixth restaurant liquor license auction, which is permitted under Act 39 of 2016.  These auctions are for “zombie licenses” that have been expired and in possession of the Pa.L.C.B. dating back to the year 2000.  » Read More

Jun 04, 2018

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Finds There is “Something More” Sufficient to Show That Restaurant Services are Related to Alcoholic Beverages

In In re Honeyhole Sandwiches Inc., Serial No. 87138294,  the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) agreed with the Examiner in refusing the registration of HONEYHOLE SANDWICHES because it was confusingly similar to HONEY HOLE under Section 2(d) of the Trademark Act.  » Read More