Your liquor license can be one of the most valuable assets of your business. In fact, the sale of alcohol often makes up a large percentage of the profits in many restaurants. So losing your license could be very detrimental to your dining business. And, of course, the loss of a liquor license can be absolutely devastating to a bar or a nightclub. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why your business could lose its license, but many of them are preventable.
Make Sure Your Employees are Well-Trained
It is extremely important that your employees understand the liquor laws of your particular county and/or state. You may even want to set up a separate training session for your employees to stress that your business could:
Your employees should also learn during the training:
What are Considered Signs of Intoxication?
You or your employee should not serve any party who exhibits any of the following symptoms:
New App for That
An app was released in 2013 that allows users to scan the bar codes on U.S. and Canadian identification cards to see if they are legitimate. The app also reveals the hair color, birthday and other pertinent information of the person that the ID belongs to. This can be extremely useful if a fake ID is utilizing a real person's ID bar code. While this app is not free, it could very well pay for itself if it does catch minors trying to sneak into your establishment with fake identifications.
Security is Important
It is not uncommon for establishments, such as bars, to lose their licenses if they are the scene of a violent incident. For example, a club in Charlotte, North Carolina, had its license suspended after a fatal shooting. And a popular bar in Washington, DC also had its liquor license suspended after five people were stabbed in the establishment. In the D.C. case, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board determined that the bar did not have sufficient security for the size of the crowd and that the bar was also over its capacity. If you don't want to jeopardize your license, you should always:
When it comes to your liquor license, it is always best to be proactive by ensuring that your employees are well versed on the laws regarding serving and selling alcohol.
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