Monthly Archives: November 2013

CASE STUDY: When the Landlord won’t consent to a sale of the business to a new owner

A restaurant business has a 20 year lease with a building owner that included a provision requiring that the landlord must consent to any assignment of the lease.  The owner of the restaurant had his business up for sale and … Continue reading

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Is it a New Liquor Authority?

It is hardly a secret that the New York Liquor authority is so backlogged it takes months to process a standard license application.  While the state advertises it is “friendly to small business,” I doubt anyone dealing with the Liquor … Continue reading

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New York State Liquor Authority Takes Steps to Reduce Delays and Backlogs

Over the past year, the Licensing Board of the State Liquor Authority has taken steps to reduce the backlog in processing liquor license applications. Some of these efforts include: Revisions to the application forms to change the request information and … Continue reading

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If You See Kay (say aloud slowly, then giggle when you get the innuendo)

The reverent Italian winery, If You See Kay Wines, named its Italian red blend “If You See Kay” with the tag line “no holds barred wine.” Pure genius. The marketing team gave the wine and its producer a real personality.  … Continue reading

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Wake Up Your Mid-Week Sales. How do you Make a Wednesday more like a Weekend Night?

Think about it – friends and family come home for the Thanksgiving holiday and want to spend some time catching up.  Where better than the local bar?  There couldn’t be a better holiday for innovative promotions.  Thanksgiving is about food … Continue reading

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Non-Citizens Who Can Apply for a New York Liquor License

A treaty between the United States and another country that deals with trade and/or travel is not necessarily a reciprocal trade agreement.  The New York Liquor Authority recognizes the following countries as having reciprocal trade agreements with the United States.  … Continue reading

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Collaborations between Craft Breweries and Musicians

Music is a passion of many brewers and is spawning a new trend of collaborations between brewers and music artists. Sam Calagione launched his Music Series at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in 2010. Stumke introduced a “Sensory Series.” Ska Brewing … Continue reading

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Expanding the New York Wine Trail System

New York wineries are key to the state’s tourism economy. With new wineries opening every year, New York State has expanded two wine trails – the Niagara Wine Trail and the Shawangunk East Wine Trail.   The State also created two … Continue reading

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To European Customers – Finger Lakes Wine – Here We Come!

Three Finger Lakes vintners are increasing their global presence with the launch of a new European business venture. Fox Run Vineyards Inc., Anthony Road Wine Co., and Bellangelo are working with European partner Christian Claessens to create a New York … Continue reading

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Government Shutdown Delays Licensing

One step forward, two steps back:  State efforts to reduce licensing backlogs are meaningless to New York alcohol manufacturers with the Federal government shutdown. The Federal government shutdown delayed production and sale of new alcohol products, undoubtedly impacting the holiday … Continue reading

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