Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Flavors of Rochester

The Democrat & Chronicle has a wonderful website called Flavors of Rochester (www.flavorsofrochester.com). The website provides valuable, useful and interesting information about Rochester-area participants in the food and beverage industry that make up – you guessed it – the “flavors … Continue reading

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Impact of Finger Lakes businesses on the New York economy

In 1976, the NYSLA passed the Farm Winery Act, which allowed NY grape growers to operate small wineries. Since then, the Finger Lakes Region has sprouted 119 wineries, accounting for more than one-third of NYS wineries. New York wineries is … Continue reading

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A tequila “brand”?

When it comes to tequila, there are the purists and there is everyone else. (This could be said of any liquor, I suppose.) The purists of this Mexican liquor would argue that true tequila must be made by a certified … Continue reading

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Buying a restaurant in New York

If you are looking to purchase a restaurant in New York, you have two options: (1) buy the sellers’ ownership shares; or (2) buy the seller’s assets. Like any choice, there are advantages and disadvantages to either option, but generally, … Continue reading

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Local venues support the Rochester Community

A recent article by Sheila Livadas in the Democrat & Chronicle highlighted the efforts that restaurants and wineries are making to support those in need in Rochester and the surrounding area. Recently, two Rochester-area establishments have launched their own efforts … Continue reading

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Reality shows offer helpful hints for your bar or restaurant

Spike TV has a show called “Bar Rescue” (Time Warner Channel 27) and Food Network has a show with celebrity chef Robert Irvine called “Restaurant Impossible” (Time Warner Channel 45). While I am as tired as anyone of reality TV … Continue reading

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BYOB alternative: Bottle Club License

One of our clients has a business that is not primarily food and beverage oriented, nor is it a traditional sports or theatrical entertainment venue. The business has a causal, upbeat social environment. The business wants to offer BYOB (Bring … Continue reading

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Personal use of alcohol purchased by a licensed premises

In my liquor license practice, rarely does a client not ask about using the alcohol stock for personal use. The feeling is that as the owner of the business, the client should be able to use stock at will. If … Continue reading

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NYS tax credit for microbreweries

A ruling in March 2012 concerning Massachusetts-based Shelton Brothers resulted in a huge change in New York State Liquor Authority policy that negatively impacted NY microbreweries (craft breweries producing no more than 60 million gallons of beer annually). Essentially, the … Continue reading

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