Mass ABCC Update Process to Speed up Liquor License Transfers

Mass ABCC to speed up liquor license transfer process

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has adopted a new process, effective May 28th, 2013, to speed up the approval process for retail liquor license applications.  Under the Mass. Liquor Control Act, retail liquor licenses cover three categories:  On-Premise (a pouring license, Off-Premise (a package store license), and Special (a one-day license). One of […]

MIT Invents Robotic Bartender

Robotic Bartender

Eater Boston reports (via that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in partnership with Baccardi and Coca Cola, have invented a Smartphone-controlled robot bartender.  Called Makr Shakr, it was unveiled this week at Google’s  I/O conference. The apparatus has three robot arms, whose movements were modeled after those of an Italian ballet […]

Lowering of Blood Alcohol Content Regulations

Lowering Blood Alcohol Content Regulations

NBC News reports that the National Transportation Safety Board recently voted to urge states to lower the threshold for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) which constitutes drunken driving.  Currently the limit is .08, but the recommendation is to lower it to .05 to reduce drunken driving incidents.  The article reports that nearly 4 million people in […]

“You Need a Permit for That?”

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Some Practical Tips for Local Permitting By Andrew Upton, Esq. DiNicola, Seligson & Upton, LLP Reprinted with Permission from the Boston Bar Journal, a publication of the Boston Bar Association. Local permitting is not for the faint of heart. There are no law school classes on the subject, few relevant continuing legal education courses, and […]

Defending Your Bottom Line


By Russ Bubas President, Data Quest, LTD You may be going out of business and not even know it. Every restaurateur and bar owner is cautioned against silent partners. Over the thirty years we’ve been in business, we’ve encountered literally thousands of them, some of whom have actually put the owners out of business. Some […]

Case Study: Re-arranging Licenses

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CLIENT OVERVIEW: The client company is an established national restaurant chain that has been in business for more than 30 years, with growing franchise numbers. They specialize in creating an atmosphere designed specifically for adults that combines the best elements of a bar, restaurant, and casino under one roof for a unique and inclusive dining […]

Maryland Liquor License Hearings Make Use of Skype

Maryland Liquor License Hearings make use of Skype

Parkville-Orlea Patch reports on how the local county liquor board is using Skype to improve its liquor licensing hearing process.  The use of Skype started recently and is seen as a way to ease the hearing process for things such as board of director change hearings for liquor licenses holders, particularly large chains with headquarters […]

The Rise of Bitcoins in Bars – digital currency

Rise of Bitcoins - digital currency

A New York City bar has recently started to accept a new digital currency called Bitcoins for its customer’s tabs reports recently. On Sunday, EVR bar and lounge in New York will start accepting Bitcoins for drinks and food. “We have to train all the waitresses,” says Charlie Shrem, a partner at the club. […]

iPhone App expedites alcohol ordering

drizly app for alcohol delivery

A new iPhone app called Drizly has recently started to debut in private alpha mode in Boston.  This app allows one to place an order for beer, wine, or liquor and have it delivered to one’s house within 60 minutes or less.  From the Drizly website. In June of 2012, we asked the question “why […]

Drew Bledsoe pushes for changes in Mass. Wine Shipment Law

PA may approve out of state direct to home wine shipments reports that former Patriots quarterback and Washington State vineyard owner Drew Bledsoe was in Boston late last month to lobby the Massachusetts Legislature to allow out of state wineries to ship wine directly to Massachusetts consumers. Current Mass. Law only allows in-state winemakers to make such shipments.   This law was ruled unconstitutional three […]