Having the ability to serve alcohol can be a distinct advantage for many restaurants. However, while alcohol is a fairly common intoxicant, it is extremely powerful. This results in the process of obtaining a liquor license to be more difficult than what is often anticipated by those going through this application process for the first time.
Myth: It Is A Simple Matter Of Paying A Fee To Obtain A Liquor License
While there are many licenses that will only require a person to pay a fee to have issued, this is not the case for liquor licenses. Typically, individuals will have to meet background check requirements, show that staff members have been trained to legally serve alcohol as well as many other steps. Additionally, there are some communities that have rules governing the location of establishments that sell liquor, which may exclude businesses that are located near schools or churches. Retaining an attorney that has experience with guiding clients through this application process can greatly reduce your confusion as well as increase the odd of having your license application approved.
Myth: Serving Alcohol Will Not Increase Your Business's Liability
It is important to understand the ways that serving liquor can impact your business's legal liabilities. While it can be easy to assume that it will have minimal impact, you can actually be sued if your employees make mistakes when serving alcohol. For example, if your employees serve underage individuals and they are involved in an accident, you may be liable. Incorporating regular training for your employees as well as updating your insurance to cover these liabilities can help you to reduce this threat to your enterprise while still enjoying the advantages of serving alcohol.
Myth: A Liquor License Is Permanent
While you may not have to go through the full application process again, there are steps that must be followed to keep your liquor license valid. For example, this may include paying a yearly fee, undergoing regular inspections and contesting alleged violations. The exact steps will vary from one community to another, but your attorney will be able to explain these requirements at the time your license is approved.
Myth: All Communities Allow Restaurants To Provide Corkage Service
Corkage service can be a common feature for many high-end restaurants. With this service, customers will be allowed to bring their own unopened bottles of wine to the restaurant for their meal. However, there are some communities that will not allow this type of service due to the risk of individuals leaving with unfinished bottles of wine. If you are considering offering this service, you should closely review the local ordinances to ensure it is permitted.
Talk with a consultant, like Arizona Liquor Industry Consultants, for more help.