THINKING OF APPLYING FOR A LIQUOR LICENSE? NOLAN HELLER KAUFFMAN’S LIQUOR LICENSING ATTORNEYS BELIEVE NOW MAY BE A GREAT TIME TO DO SO

LIQUOR STORES, BEER STORES, ALCOHOL MANUFACTURERS AND WHOLESALERS HAVE BEEN DEEMED “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES” IN NEW YORK

As part of Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, all businesses involved in the manufacture, processing or retail of food and/or beverages were deemed essential, including grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, farmer’s markets, gas stations and restaurants/bars (only for take-out/delivery). While not specifically listed in the order, all retail liquor, wine and beer stores, as well as alcohol manufacturers (distilleries, wineries, cideries, breweries) and wholesalers are also considered essential businesses, and are permitted to keep operating during the stay-at-home order and are not obligated to reduce their workforce.

The New York State Liquor Authority (the “SLA”) is continuing to process and review new applications and has put temporary measures in place to ensure that the agency can safely and effectively operate during this time.

Nolan Heller Kauffman would be happy to help you navigate the licensing process, from entity formation, corporate compliance, lease negotiation or property purchase through the SLA’s application procedure. If you have questions regarding the operation of your existing licensed business, and/or are contemplating applying for a new license, please contact Alexandra B. Becker, Esq. by e-mail (abecker@nhkllp.com) or phone (518.432.3188).