Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cuomo’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit – a boost or bust to the industry?

First yoghurt, now alcohol. What do these two have in common? Governor Andrew Cuomo. Last week, Governor Cuomo hosted a “Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit” in Albany to address promotion of the New York-produced alcohol beverage industry, similar to the … Continue reading

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Applications subject to the 500’ rule – new convenience store regulations for the City of Rochester

Any establishment seeking a retail on-premises liquor license (not a beer and wine application) is subject to the 500’ rule, which stipulates that a premises cannot be located within 500’ of three or more similarly licensed premises. Last month, the … Continue reading

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A minimum wage increase that could put some restaurants out of business

“Obamacare” worries small business employers. The added overhead cost for offering health insurance imposes a huge burden on many small businesses. Now restaurants have another potential cost increase – wages for restaurant servers at full minimum wage for work not … Continue reading

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Upcoming vote on Seneca semi-dry alcohol law

One hundred and fifteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the town of Seneca in Ontario County, New York, has been trying to change the local alcohol law. How ironic that a town that sits just a few miles … Continue reading

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Taking your business into the cloud: Virtual tasting event for wineries and microbreweries

Small wineries and microbreweries produce world class products but can be relatively unknown because of the limited budget and time available for brand promotion. Brewmasters and winemakers are often wearing many hats at the business, and production can take priority … Continue reading

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Obstacles for restaurant uniforms

One of the best parts of being in America is the freedoms we enjoy. However, at times, personal freedoms can pose challenges for restaurant owners. When a restaurant employer wants to require uniforms, a dress code and grooming standards, some … Continue reading

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Four ways the 2012 elections can impact the NY restaurant industry

Every four years, the general public gets inundated with political campaigns aimed at scaring us into voting for one candidate over another. It happens on both sides and leaves most voters confused and angry. In theory, we are supposed to … Continue reading

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