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Legislation Moving Forward to Remove Liquor License Residency Requirements

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post here about the possibility that counties in Maryland may consider removing the requirement that liquor licenses be held by at least one resident of the county that issues it.  Shortly thereafter, the blog BethesdaNow picked up on the story and interviewed me about whether that might be […]

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TTB Backlog for Breweries Highlights Need to Get Applications Done Right the First Time

The federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) announced earlier this month that, as of the end of 2013, there were over 3700 active brewer’s notices on file with the TTB.  A federal brewer’s notice is required to operate a brewery and sell beer in interstate commerce.  That number represents a 12% increase over […]

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Bethesda Apartment Building Construction Causing Closures, Spawning Lawsuits

In the last two years, the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda has seen a building boom in high-rise luxury apartment buildings.  Construction of one of those buildings, however, appears to be taking its toll on some established local businesses, and has now caused the closing of two local restaurants and an automotive repair shop. […]

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County Liquor Board Wants to Nix Residency Requirements for Liquor Licenses

The Baltimore Sun had an interesting story last week about how the liquor board of Harford County, Maryland, wants to eliminate the state requirement that every county liquor license application have on it at least one resident of the county.  As stated in the article, it can often be a challenge for a restaurant to […]

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Does Proposed Acquisition Raise Three-Tier Integration Concerns?

Generally speaking, and with some notable exceptions, the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States are divided among three tiers, with ownership of producers, distributors and retailers required to remain separate.  For example, in Maryland, where my firm has its primary practice, anyone with an ownership interest in an entity with […]

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Liquor Laws Continue to be Big Focus in Montgomery County

In order to compete with its neighbor the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Maryland, continues to strive to make itself a more inviting place for those seeking after-hours entertainment options.  As indicated in my previous post, a sizable portion of these efforts involves reforming the county’s laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages.  In case […]

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“Nighttime Economy Task Force” Issues Recommendations

Earlier this year, Montgomery County, Maryland, created a task force of local civic leaders and businesspeople to address issues that could make the county a more inviting place for those seeking lively nightlife offerings.  On October 21, 2013, this “Nighttime Economy Task Force” issued its recommendations, many of which — particularly those changing county liquor […]

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Morris Law Firm Helps Bring Spanish-based Restaurant Chain to Bethesda

The locally-focused blog Bethesda Now featured a story last week on the upcoming opening of a new Bethesda location for the Spanish-based restaurant chain 100 Montaditos.  The local operators, who were approved for a Montgomery County liquor license on September 19, expect to open in early October.  The new location on Elm Street, just off […]

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