Many entrepeneurs intent on opening a bar, nightclub, pub, cocktail lounge, live entertainment, or similar business in California, which will include the availability of wine, beer, or spirits, are surprised to learn that their business plan is simply not allowed. It may be particularly confusing for them because they may see other businesses in the area that engage, or seemingly engage, in just such a business. They are told by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) or local authorities that their only option is to become a full service restaurant, with a full service kitchen, and which sells regular meals (not just sandwiches, salads, and “victuals”). With so many other businesses seemingly selling alcoholic beverages without being restaurants, how can this be? Continue reading
- . . . Alcoholic beverage law and legal services for businesses engaged in, or seeking to engage in, the sales of alcoholic beverages. California Alcoholic Beverage Law services include ABC licenses, conditional use permits, Police Department permits, Sheriff Department permits, and determinations of Public Convenience or Necessity. California Alcoholic Beverage Law is a legal practice area of William A. Adams of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. Mr. Adams has been providing legal services to the hospitality, grocery, and convenience store industries for over 20 years. Although the firm's offices are in San Diego California, the firm provides its alcoholic beverage legal services statewide. The firm also provides representation to businesses in enforcement proceedings related to alcoholic beverage sales, entertainment, and related matters.