Monthly Archives: January 2013

Checklist for serving food

Are you opening a food-serving restaurant or bar? Many restauranteers are the DIY type. To be sure you pass the health department inspections relating to food service establishments, you can use this handy checklist of requirements. ___1. Valid permit (Submit … Continue reading

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Delayed liquor license applications caused by existing license

You’ve decided to buy a bar or restaurant. You’ve spent hours and hours putting together an excellent liquor license application packet (or even just a so-so one) and you are anxiously awaiting the news that will let you operate your … Continue reading

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3 ways restaurants can offset effects of NYS minimum wage increase

The Governor has proposed to raise New York’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75, a 17% increase of $1.50 per hour. If labor costs average one-third of a restaurant’s operating budget, a restaurant would have to raise prices at least … Continue reading

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Employee or Contractor?

The IRS has 20 factors in its test to determine if a worker is an employee or independent contractor. IRS warns that not all factors are considered in each case or given equally weight. The analysis is performed on a … Continue reading

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Participating in Wine & Beer Festivals

There are so many wine and beer festivals. Is it worth participating? How do you decide? Based on the experience of other wineries, we have some created a list of  pro’s and con’s to participating in these events: Pro’s Con’s … Continue reading

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Relocating a Business with a New York Liquor License

Is your lease expiring? Buying a new building? Expanding to a large location? If your business has a New York liquor license, you will have to apply in advance for permission to “relocate” your liquor license to a new location. … Continue reading

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Liquor Liability Insurance

There are so many insurances for business owners: general liability, worker’s comp, disability, health, key man insurance… you probably don’t even know what you have – you just trust your insurance agent and pay the bill when it arrives. If … Continue reading

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Are internet sales platforms for alcohol illegal?

The most basic principle behind liquor licensing laws is that it is illegal to sell alcohol without the proper license(s). Once upon a time, this concept was fairly straightforward, when sales transactions were made or negotiated in person. Then came … Continue reading

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“Emergency suspension” of liquor license

A review of 2012 emergency suspension orders of retailer licenses by New York SLA and the first ever wholesaler suspension by New York In 2012, there were at least 2 things that the State Liquor Authority (SLA) deemed bad enough … Continue reading

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Do DWI blood samples violate the 4th Amendment?

On January 9, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments when law enforcement must obtain a search warrant to draw blood for a suspected DWI driver (Missouri vs. McNeely). If you are pulled over here in New York, you … Continue reading

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