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CALL TO EXPLORE CHANGES TO BOSTON’S LIQUOR LICENSE QUOTA SYSTEM

City Councilor Seeks Reformation to State’s so-called Antiquated Liquor License Laws On June 4, 2012, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley filed a Request for Hearing in the Boston City Council requesting it to examine and explore changes to the process of acquiring a Liquor License in Boston.  Pressley also requested the Council to consider measures that would allow the City of Continue Reading...
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WHEN RETAILERS PURCHASE LIQUOR FROM OTHER RETAILERS

Recent ABCC decisions show the risk of purchasing from other nearby or out-of-state retailers. The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) routinely disciplines package stores, restaurants and bars for buying liquor from other retailers, or for holding such liquor on their premises.  Under Massachusetts’ law, a retailer is prohibited from purchasing alcoholic beverages from any source other than a wholesaler. 138 Continue Reading...
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MORE RESTAURANTS AND BARS MAY ARRIVE IN BACK BAY

Quota on liquor licenses in Back Bay confronted. With new hotels and restaurantuers seeking to take advantage of the Back Bay’s strong economic climate, the Back Bay has seen recent pressure to increase the total number of liquor licenses permitted within the neighborhood.  The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, however, has traditionally opposed new liquor licenses being transferred into Continue Reading...
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MASSACHUSETTS TOWNS DEMAND MORE LIQUOR LICENSES

Seeking More Alcoholic Beverage Licenses To Satisfy Demand Has Municipalities Headed To Beacon Hill  In Massachusetts, the quantity of liquor licenses available in any municipality in the state, including Boston, is governed by a statutory-based quota system.  Towns seeking to spur economic development, however, may petition the Massachusetts State Legislature to have additional licenses issued beyond the statutorily permitted amount. Continue Reading...
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SPECIAL LEGISLATION GRANTS LIQUOR LICENSE TO NATICK’S BACON STREET FARM STORE… WHO’S UP NEXT?

Massachusetts State Legislature approved petition for special legislation to issue liquor license—Legislators prove accommodating in instances where the quota is already met in that municipality. On May 15, 2012, the Massachusetts State Legislature approved the issuance of a non-transferable wine and malt beverage license (location specific) to Natick’s Bacon Street Farm store. The license applicant, Rick Ciccarelli, initiated the process Continue Reading...
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