About: John P. Connell, Esq.

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What Is The Cost of a Liquor License in Boston: PART I

The number of liquor licenses in Boston is limited by law and tied to the City of Boston’s population.  Currently, there are approximately 1,030 total alcoholic beverage licenses issued to restaurants and bars in the City of Boston, and that includes hotels and entertainment venues such as Fenway Park or anywhere that alcoholic beverages are sold.  Of the 1,030 total Continue Reading...
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What Is The Cost of a Liquor License in Boston?: PART II

Generally speaking, an alcoholic beverage license acquired from a Back Bay establishment can cost as much as $350,000 or more, while a license from a less economically successful neighborhood market can cost as little as $250,000.  Similarly, Beer & Wine licenses can cost  anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000 depending upon the neighborhood market from which it is purchased.  Liquor Licenses Continue Reading...
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ARLINGTON’S BOARD OF SELECTMEN GRANT TWO LIQUOR LICENSES TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AFTER FIERCE COMPETITION

In April, 2012, Arlington voters, by ballot measure, overwhelmingly voted to allow the Board of Selectmen to issue up to two new liquor licenses for liquor stores.  The measure was passed by a 59.8 percent YES vote. June 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. was the scheduled time where applicants could appear before the Board of Selectmen and make their case Continue Reading...
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WHEN APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE OR TO TRANSFER A LICENSE TO A NEW LOCATION, HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE “PUBLIC NEED” REQUIREMENT?

Whenever one wishes to commence a liquor store or restaurant business at a location where there was previously no such business, either by applying for a new license or through transfer of an existing license from another location, the applicant will need to show the local licensing authority that there is a “public need” for such a new licensed location.  Continue Reading...
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THE HAZARDS OF BUYING A DRINK “ON THE HOUSE”

In a recent edition of Restaurant Startup & Growth, a national publication, an article focused on the pros and cons of allowing bartenders to offer the occasional free drink to its patrons. Restaurants and bars have always struggled with the tendency of its employee bartenders to provide free drinks to friends or to others for generating greater tips.  While such Continue Reading...
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