News Blog / Monthly Archives: April 2017

Policy News: The Ongoing Saga of the Late Night Overlay

The battle over a proposed late night overlay that would particularly affect the Uptown bar and restaurant scene continues to heat up. It’s been raging since last year, when hospitality industry players first got wind of the potential change in zoning regulation (the new overlay would mimic the conditions set in place over Lower Greenville back in 2011).

Overlay? What are you talking about?

A committee of the Dallas City Plan Commission called the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee (ZOAC) is considering a city-wide change to the Dallas Development Code that would require restaurants, retailers, bars, and clubs to have a Special Use Permit (SUP) to remain open after midnight.


Basically, the neighbors of bars (particularly in Uptown) have been complaining about patron behavior. The City is trying to show that those concerns have been heard. The measure they’re considering, however, would create more hoops for late-night businesses to jump through and potentially have a significant impact on their bottom lines.

So what are people saying?

Well, a large audience of people opposed to the change were present at a recent public meeting attended by Wes Hoblit, one of our client services specialists. As both a member of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and someone who works closely with lots of local bar owners, he noted that “there’s been a huge turnout that opposes this every time. Likewise, there doesn’t seem to be any real support for it.”

Save The Patio, a coalition of individuals and groups concerned by the measure, also hosted a meeting this week discussing what they referred to as a “midnight curfew.”

Have your own take on the matter?

Come share it at the next public ZOAC meeting – April 27 at 9 a.m., City Hall!

Watch this space for more updates on the controversial overlay…it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

SOURCE: Dallas Observer.

Drink for Your Heart


Alcohol and heart health – it’s a more complicated relationship than previously thought, according to some recent research. General wisdom has long held that moderate drinking is actually good for you. Digging deeper, though, the positive effect seems to apply only to certain heart ailments.

Define moderate drinking…

One glass of wine a day for women, and two glasses for men. Anything beyond that, and all the benefits get wiped out.

Which heart problems does moderate drinking impact positively?

The most common heart events – including heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death due to heart conditions. Non-drinkers have a 56% higher risk of dying unexpectedly from heart disease than moderate drinkers!

Which heart problems does moderate drinking not impact positively?

A handful of less common heart issues like mild strokes and bleeding in the brain.

So, jury says…

If you’re a moderate drinker, you’re still all right. Don’t go lording it over the non-drinkers though, because your alcohol consumption isn’t an impenetrable shield against all heart problems! Also, non-drinkers shouldn’t hit the bottle to try to nab these potential benefits – due to the tradeoffs surrounding liver problems, they’re better off committing to other methods of lowering heart risks (no smoking, exercise, and a healthy diet).

Interested in facilitating moderate drinking at your establishment? We’re here to support you all the way through the complex liquor permitting process!


Policy News: The Fight over HB 3287/SB 2083


Craft beer, a widely-loved and growing industry in Texas, doesn’t often find itself the target of the state legislature. This session, however, there is one bill that has some people worried: HB 3287/SB 2083. Super intriguing, we know. But since it’s started a fight, we thought it was worth laying out for you!

So, what’s this bill about?

Tap rooms, mostly. Because Texas enforces strict separation of beer manufacturers, distributors, and sellers, there’s some weird legislative quirks on the books. Previously, breweries that produced more than 225,000 barrels were prohibited from having a tap room where they could sell their product directly to the public. This new bill would modify that rule to include breweries that are part of a larger company, putting them over the 225,000 barrel threshold when you look at combined overall production.

What does that actually mean…

This really won’t affect the vast majority of craft breweries. With the exception of a few of the biggest players, production volumes aren’t anywhere close to the 225k cap. The people who are mad about this are craft breweries that are owned by mass market brands like Anheuser-Busch. Because the parent company well exceeds the production limit, the subsidiary craft brewery wouldn’t be able to have its own tap room any longer.

So, arbitrary punishment for those who’ve “sold out”? Or a way to protect small craft breweries by giving them a bit of an advantage? Who knows where the legislature will end up on this issue!

Bored by liquor licensing policy but need to know if it affects your business? Give us a call, and we’ll help you figure it out!

SOURCES: Houston Chronicle & Houston Beer Guide.

Be a Better Craft Beer Drinker


With the rise of the craft beer industry, there’s more people than ever who are perfectly willing to judge you for your drinking preferences (to your face, loudly). We’re not among them, but we are going to pass on a few common sense shopping tips…you keep drinking that PBR if you feel like it!

  1. Don’t buy old beer.

Especially if it’s an IPA or from a small brewery, the fresher the better! To get the best flavor possible, check the date on the packaging or bottle and try to go for something produced in the last three months.

  1. Don’t buy warm beer.

You wouldn’t drink it like that, so don’t even bother. When beer sits in a warm environment, it speeds up aging – and that’s not doing you any favors (see #1).

  1. Don’t shop at the grocery store.

Take this one with a grain of salt, knowing that we’ve all been thrown into a panic at the idea of turning up to an event empty-handed. And, well, there’s a time and a place for everything (reliving tragic college memories that taste like Natty Light?) – you’re just probably not going to have a chance to fall in love with something new. Try specialty retailers for more interesting choices.

  1. Don’t always buy your favorite.

And on the flip side, don’t arbitrarily refuse to ever buy the same beer twice. We all know how comforting it is to swing through the alcohol aisle and grab a case of Shiner. But consider this a tiny nudge to go out on a limb – you might find a hidden gem! Or you might end up drinking something reminiscent of bilge water. But that’s all part of the craft beer adventure!

  1. Don’t treat your beer like it’s Coke.

Sure, we’ve all left a case of something sitting in the bottom of a closet or in the garage and brought it in to chill as needed. But see #2 and #1 for how that’s a problem, and try your hardest to find the space for it in the fridge. It should also be noted that in the experience of this author, the Texas heat has been known to commit truly unique and terrible crimes against good beer – pour one out for two cases of Shiner and the trunk of my first car, and always consider your cooler an investment item!

Love making/selling craft beer even if it’s warm & old? Want to help people find new, cold beers? There’s a Texas liquor license for that – and we’ll even tell you which one if you ask nicely.


LaBarba Client Named Top Wine Bar

Now, we’d never play favorites with our liquor licensing clients, but we’ll admit the place in question is pretty special – so we weren’t surprised to see it pop up on Wine Enthusiast’s list of the Top 20 Wine Bars in America. And considering we just recently did some permitting work for them, we thought it’d be nice to give them a little love here on our blog! Without further ado, this award-winning favorite of Dallas winos is…



With more than 400 wines (including a rotating selection of 30 by-the-glass!), this place always has something for everyone. It also offers a great cheese & meat pairing menu, as well as desserts! We promise it’s good. We checked.

Working with LaBarba means Veritas owners and staff get to focus on the fun stuff – like helping people find great new wines – while leaving the confusing & boring filling-out-forms stuff to us! They know wine. We know TABC permits. Everybody’s happy! 

LaBarba Permit Service: Cutting Red Tape Since 1965℠