Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Support Bars, Restaurants, Breweries and Other Small Businesses


Legislation S.2743/A.3909 Allows Temporary Retail Permits For New Bars, Restaurants and Grocery Stores In New York City    

Legislation S.6256-A/A.7757 Expands Temporary Manufacturing Permits To All Qualified Alcoholic Beverage Makers In The State  

 Governor Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package removing red tape and assisting new bars, restaurants and other alcoholic beverage businesses to open more quickly. Legislation (S.2743/A.3909) allows for temporary retail permits to be issued for bars and restaurants opening in New York City, putting these businesses on the same footing as businesses in the rest of the state. Legislation (S.6256-A/A.7757) allows for new temporary manufacturing permits to be granted for New York wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries that are awaiting final approval on their manufacturing license, so they can operate and serve customers while their full application is pending.   

“Let’s raise a glass to the terrific bars, restaurants, breweries and other small businesses that are a vital part of New York’s economy,” Governor Hochul said. “As we continue to fight the pandemic, we also need to make sure we protect our economy, and this legislation will cut red tape and bring more customers in the door as quickly as possible to help small businesses get back on their feet.” 

These bills work to make it more efficient for new businesses to open. Under current law, New York City businesses cannot be granted temporary liquor licenses; the State Liquor Authority (SLA) is only permitted to provide permanent liquor licenses, which are subject to a lengthy review process. Under Legislation (S.2743/A.3909) the SLA will be able to grant certain New York City businesses temporary liquor licenses, which only take about 30 days to process, depending on the type of application. This will help the restaurant industry as well, which makes a third of its revenue from alcoholic beverage sales.   

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