The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently released its budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Embedded in the outside sections, Section 69, is a change to the alcoholic beverage licensing laws for casinos (G.L. c. 23K, Section 26) that would allow patrons actively gambling to continue drinking through 4:00 AM. Current regulations in both casinos and licensees under G.L. 138, Section 12 (bars, restaurants, etc.) limit serving hours until 2:00 AM. Oh, and you can start back up a few hours later at 8:00 AM, which is already on the books. So even though your losing all your money, at least you can continue getting drunk.
Opening a restaurant can be the fulfillment of a long-sought dream, but success does not happen by accident. It is the product of detailed planning. One must consider all legal, business, financial and operational factors to cultivate an environment for the restaurant to thrive. Unfortunately, even the most well-planned approach can experience setbacks. Therefore, it is crucial at the earliest possible stage to have a strong understanding of the anticipated issues you will encounter to minimize potential delays.
Our guide is intended to educate prospective restaurateurs of the generic legal considerations one will encounter and equip them with the tools to provide the best opportunity for the successful launch of a restaurant with an alcoholic beverage license in Massachusetts.
In the waning hours of the Massachusetts Legislature’s 2015-2016 session, a bill sponsored by Representative Alice Peisch (House Bill 248) was passed that will authorize duly organized non-profit organizations within the Commonwealth to accept donations of any type of alcoholic beverages from any individual or legally operating manufacturer, wholesaler, or package store to be served at fundraising events for the benefit of the non-profit.Read More
If you’re thinking about opening a business involving the manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages within Massachusetts, you will need to acquire an alcoholic beverage license from the State’s alcohol licensing agency - the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (and sometimes from the federal government and/or local licensing authority, depending on the business). Acquiring such a license can be a consuming process, taxing both time and money, but with the proper planning you can make sure it goes down as easy as your favorite after-work drink.Read More
Night Shift Brewing, one of the more successful and entrepreneurial breweries in Massachusetts, is set to launch their own beer distribution company. Based in in Everett, Night Shift has built their brand from the ground up. They developed an allegiance of customer support that travels near and far to their taproom in order to enjoy their wildly popular beers. In 2014 they moved into a 30,000 square foot facility in Everett with a large taproom. Their beers became so popular that they recently opened an expanded taproom area to accommodate the nightly influx of eager patrons. During this time, the brewery has always self-distributed its own product. Weary of the long-term relationship that is created once entering into a distribution arrangement with a wholesaler, they opted for full control with potentially less reach while building their brand.