Open Bars and Happy Hour – Similar Regulations in Mass

open bar regulations in Massachusetts

Thinking of hosting an “open bar” special at your restaurant, bar or club simply as a promotion?  Think again! The Boston Herald reported after the New Year that several Boston bars and entertainment venues were cited by Boston Police on New Year’s Eve for having open bars at their celebration, in violation of Massachusetts Liquor […]

Buying Wine Online in Massachusetts

shipping wine to massachusetts

A Boston Globe editorial this week called on the Massachusetts Legislature to relax the state’s alcohol laws to allow out-of-state wineries to ship their product directly to Massachusetts consumers.  The state is in fact in violation of a 2006 US Supreme Court decision that invalidated state laws prohibiting wineries located outside of states from shipping […]

ABCC Aims to Streamline the Liquor Licensing Process

liquor licensing process

The 2011-2012 Annual Report of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) highlights several changes in the liquor licensing process that have been initiated by the agency over the last several years.  Some have been implemented (new website, online license application forms, more efficient accounting, and organization practices) and some are coming in the near […]

Mass. Legislature Happy Hour Report due in January

Happy Hour Law Study and Effects on Restaurants and Bars

Happy Hour report due in January The 2011-2012 Annual Report of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) indicates that the agency’s Happy Hour law study commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature in the 2011 gaming (casino) act should be completed by January 31, 2013 (Legislation requires it be submitted by June 30th, 2013).  The casino […]

Restaurant Company Faces Backlash Over Changing Employee Status to Save Money on Healthcare

Restaurant Employee Backlash over Status Change to Reduce Healthcare Costs

Restaurant Company faces backlash over changing employee status Darden Restaurants Inc. (Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Yard House) has decided not to change any of its full time employees to part time status at this time to save money on healthcare benefits reports The Associated Press.   The company earlier in 2012 […]