Restaurants and bars continue to increase in popularity among Americans. In 2016 alone, the National Restaurant Association estimated that combined food and drink sales in U.S. establishments would reach a whopping $19.9 billion, with this number to only increase as time goes on.
Knowing this, obtaining an ABC permit, which enables you to serve alcohol at your cafe or restaurant, may be a highly profitable decision for your business. Currently, 43 percent of all bartenders work in a restaurant; however, it’s likely that this number will increase given current trend. The best way to ready your establishment is through one of these permits.
Is my application accurate?
When applying for your ABC license, it’s essential to be as accurate and correct as possible. Even one misplaced letter or misspelled name can jeopardize your application. Double- or even triple-check all spellings and numbers on your application before turning it in to ABC. It’s a huge time saver to turn in just one application with no do-overs.
Have I included all parts of my establishment?
It’s one of the most common mistakes people make while filling out applications for ABC permits and licenses. They’ll fail to include their restaurant’s patio or sidewalk seating area when describing their establishment — and, as a result, they won’t be permitted to serve alcohol in these parts of the restaurant. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, be sure to note all areas of your establishment where customers will be seated. Also make sure to provide a barrier around any outdoor seating you may have, as this will prevent non-patrons from entering these areas.
Have I looked at the special conditions?
Like any license, ABC permits are almost always subject to certain special terms and conditions that you should be aware of. However, these conditions aren’t found on the license itself; you’ll usually have to look them up online. Certain restrictions in your city or state might impact the way your establishment is allowed to serve alcohol, so make sure you know about them before you obtain your permit and begin serving alcohol to your customers.
For more information about obtaining an ABC license for your restaurant or cafe, feel free to contact us.