There are certain bills that a bar just has to pay on time. If you don’t pay purveyors or wholesalers you won’t have any food or drink to sell. But what about other, less vital accounts that you have? It’s easier to let those slide or get behind. If you do, the consequences can be severe.
As you have no doubt heard, the DC sports betting law became a reality last week when the Council approved the measure by a vote of 11-2. The new legislation comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Murphy v. NCAA, which struck down a Federal Law restricting sports betting.
If you are facing a liquor license protest, you need to be extremely careful when negotiating a Settlement Agreement with the ANC or citizen’s group. Seemingly innocuous or informative language could limit your ability to grow your business. Recently, the Board emphatically squashed a business’ expansion based on such language. This could have been avoided with a carefully worded agreement.
As we enter the Holiday season, there will be the annual barrage of office parties and in-home celebrations. Everyone should enjoy responsibly and refrain from drinking and driving. They should, but they won’t. So, you should do what you can to make sure that you are protected from alcohol service liability.
DC Bars, Lounges and Nightclubs, concerned about cost effective security, need to get informed about two (2) government programs that can ease the burden on your budget. The MPD Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program and the Private Security Camera Rebate Program.
Unlike the name implies, Safekeeping of your license can result in cancelation if you aren’t on-top of your filing obligations and fees.
The ABC Board is authorized to hold several different types of hearings. Among them, is a fact finding. In a fact finding, you haven’t been formally accused of anything…yet. The Board just has some questions that they want to ask you.
If that sounds ominous, it should. A fact finding hearing is a minefield that must be carefully navigated to avoid a violation.
Restaurants in D.C. are not allowed to discriminate. That is a good thing. Usually. For the better part of 60 years, Federal Law has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion in places of public accommodation, i.e. restaurants, bars and nightclubs. D.C. has broadly expanded those protections to include classifications such as personal appearance, political affiliation and matriculation.
The Board has been chugging along in the summer months, giving out licenses, approving agreements, punishing the wicked, business as usual. Some high profile establishments have closed or are closing because they simply couldn’t stand the regulatory heat. More than any time I can remember, it seems that establishments perceived as “bad operators” have investigatory hellfire rained down on them until there is no choice but to capitulate. That means having your compliance on-point, becomes more important than ever. Below, you will find links to my recent posts and details of upcoming programs to help you stay on top of your compliance obligations.
In a regulatory environment perfect for owners, there would be no such thing as an ABC Settlement Agreement. But, the regulatory environment isn’t perfect. The government has always allowed the public to ‘weigh-in’ on how a new liquor license or change to an existing license might affect the neighborhood.