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New Bill Proposal May Make It Easier for Restaurants and Liquor Stores to Accept Out-of-State ID’s

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. Currently in Massachusetts, restaurants and liquor stores are losing out on potential sales from tourists and other out-of-state visitors as a result of the stringent restrictions for accepting out-of-state licenses to prove a potential customer is twenty-one years or older. Pursuant to Section 34B of Chapter 138, a licensed retailer may only “reasonably Continue Reading...
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ABCC Issues New Policies Relating to Liquor License Applications

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On August 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a Memorandum On License Application Forms . Copy of the Memorandum can be found here. Under these new guidelines, in an effort to “streamline the retail alcoholic beverages application process,” the ABCC has now announced a few significant changes in policy Continue Reading...
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Applying for a Wholesaler Liquor License

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.  In Massachusetts, a wholesaler is a person or business that purchases alcoholic beverages from manufacturers, such as breweries, wineries, and distilleries, and then sells those alcoholic beverages at a markup price to retailers, such as restaurants and liquor stores. The wholesaler occupies the middle tier of the three-tier system used here in Massachusetts and Continue Reading...
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THE LIMITATIONS FOR LICENSED PREMISES CAUSED BY THE REQUIREMENT OF “CONTIGUOUS SPACES”

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: For decades, going to a restaurant that has a liquor license has been largely a stagnant experience in the sense that a patron usually dines either in a defined dining room area or in the bar area of that restaurant. Modern restaurant designs have blended the bar and dining areas, and some designs have Continue Reading...
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WHEN APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE CAN YOUR COMPETITORS OBJECT?

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The ABCC recently issued a decision that held that the City of Chicopee erred in refusing to grant a petition to transfer a license to a new proposed location that would have been operated by BJ’s Wholesalers. The license had been exercised for over 20 years by Winn Liquors, Inc., at a location Continue Reading...
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