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Q: Restaurants Opening Without Liquor Licenses

NovoCuisine | Nov 19, 200607:11 PM

To anyone in the restaurant business, I'd like to know a little bit about something. I have been to three restaurants this month which had each been open for a few weeks. They all had liquor menus, but once I tried to order something I was informed that they did not have their liquor license yet.

Do restaurants ideally wish to get the licenses in time for opening, or is there a "it'll come when it comes" attitude? If it takes such a long time to get a license, why not get on it immediately? Are delays common?

Gotta say, it irks me a little to go out and not be able to have some wine or whatnot. I almost wish I would be told when coming into the restaurant "we don't have our license yet", so I could go somewhere else and then come back when I can get the full experience.

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