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THE NEW CATERING LICENSE LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The State of Massachusetts has approved a new “Caterer’s License,” effective starting October 31, 2012. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, s. 12, this Caterer’s License acts as an “on-premises” license, permitting a caterer to sell alcoholic beverages for up to five (5) hours at a private event in a municipality that has Continue Reading...
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THE STATUS OF “BYOB” IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, restaurants in the possession of either an All-Alcoholic Beverages License or a Malt and Wine License are prohibited from allowing patrons to bring their own alcohol on to the premises, a practice widely known as “BYOB.”  Yet this statewide ban is only in affect when the restaurant has an existing Continue Reading...
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KNOWING THE LAW ON ENTERTAINMENT LICENSES IN THE CITY OF BOSTON

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Any establishment possessing live entertainment, such as karaoke, dance floors or DJs, or background entertainment, such as TVs, coin operated games or radios, must obtain entertainment licenses through a local licensing authority.  In the City of Boston, the local authority is the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing (“Mayor’s Office”).  To aid Continue Reading...
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RENEWING YOUR LICENSE FOR 2013

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The Licensing Board for the City of Boston (“the Board”) has issued an advisory letter concerning the procedures for renewing your current license for 2013 At the end of October this year, each licensee will be sent a packet containing the renewal application and all related documents, as well as instructions on renewal Continue Reading...
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AFTER A RESTAURANT IS EVICTED FROM ITS LOCATION, ITS LICENSE REMAINS ON AS THE TENANT

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   A restaurant or liquor store that possesses a liquor license and rents its premises from a landlord has a right to occupy that premise provided that it has a written lease or a month-to-month tenancy with the landlord.  When the lease ends, however, or the tenant is otherwise evicted from the premises, it Continue Reading...
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