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The Case Against Dismantling The Liquor License Quota System

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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Paint Nite Boom Generates A New Spin on Consumer Entertainment

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   When it comes to providing entertainment at bars and restaurants, a new form of entertainment is catching fire in and around Boston; so-called “Paint Nite” and other types of educational events that mix socialization, food, drinks and learning. “Paint Nite” in specific has become a very popular attraction for bars and restaurants: painting Continue Reading...
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Refilling Those Growlers

Law Offices of John Connell, P.C.: The Massachusetts’ legislature is currently trying to clarify the issue of whether Massachusetts’ farmer-brewers and brewpubs may fill growlers purchased at other breweries or provided by their consumers on their own. Currently in Massachusetts, farmer brewers and pub breweries are prohibited as a matter of ABCC policy from filling any growler that does not 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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DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR THOSE HOLDING AN INTEREST IN A LIQUOR LICENSE

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Obtaining a retail on premise or off premise liquor license in Massachusetts requires full disclosure of all officers, directors and LLC managers of the licensee entity and every individual with a direct or indirect, beneficial or financial interest in the licensed business. G.L. c. 138, §15A and 204 CMR 2.01(6). Each license Continue Reading...
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