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Liquor License Settlement Agreement: Bars Beware

In Hospitality by Richard Bianco

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.

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Holiday alcohol service liability for bars and homeowners

In Hospitality by Richard Bianco

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.

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“The ABC Board has scheduled a fact finding,” translation: Shut-up, stupid

In Hospitality by Richard Bianco

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.

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Credit Discrimination: Cashless restaurants could be outlawed to protect the “unbanked”

In Hospitality by Richard Bianco

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.

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D.C. Liquor License News

In Hospitality by Richard Bianco

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.