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Local Liquor Law News: Keene, TX

One dry Texas city is looking to become a little less so. Driven by economic reasons, the city of Keene recently announced a committee seeking to allow alcohol sales of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.

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In 2003, cities gained greater control over alcohol sales within their limits, and many have acted to loosen restrictions. A number of Keene’s neighbors seized this opportunity in recent years, leaving the city “‘the dry doughnut hole'” surrounded by so-called “wet” communities. The committee’s ultimate goal is to attract a grocery store to Keene, and they believe the margins offered by beer and wine sales are a key factor in a successful pitch.

It’s clear that Keene residents are driving to neighboring cities to purchase alcohol, which is resulting in a loss of local revenue. According to one economist’s 2008 report, a city the size of Keene “could realize $3.2 million in annual sales, create more than 30 new jobs and more than $75,000 a year in additional local sales tax revenue” if they approve the new alcohol measure. The city’s committee is currently seeking signatures for a petition to force an election on the issue in May. We’ll be watching to see if this town follows in the footsteps of its neighboring North Texas communities!

Are you interested in selling beer and wine for off-premise consumption (in Keene or anywhere else in Texas)? Well, you most likely don’t need a committee for that – contact us, and we’ll be happy sort out what you do need today!

SOURCE: Royce City Herald Banner.

What to Do When Your Liquor License in Dallas, TX Is Denied

If you own a bar or a restaurant that serves alcohol, it is essential that you have a current liquor license in order to ensure that you remain compliant with the law. Even though it is incredibly important that you secure a permit to serve alcohol, it can often be a difficult process and it may come with certain complications. There are many different types of permits available, and each one has different permissions and restrictions. No matter which one you apply for, there is always a chance that you might have your liquor license in Dallas, TX denied for some reason or another.

Having a liquor license denied can be a prohibitive roadblock for a business that sells or serves alcohol, so it’s important that you know how to respond if you are denied a liquor license for any reason. You should understand what your next steps are in case your license is denied so that you know how to move forward. Here are some reasons your license might be denied, and how to respond:

Non-compliance: If you receive a large number of complaints from consumers in relation to serving alcohol, it is possible that your license may be revoked. If this happens, the best thing to do is to petition the license board to give you a hearing where you can plead your case in the hopes of getting your license back.

Issues with zoning: Many neighborhoods have specific zoning rules that prevent establishments from serving alcohol in certain locations. Oftentimes, a business may receive a license from the state, but a local government agency may then turn around and deny the license. You will need to work with the local zoning commission in order to pursue your license in this case.

Unpaid fees: If you fail to pay taxes and fees for your license, you run the risk of having it revoked. Thankfully, if your license is revoked for this reason, you can usually have it reinstated by the licensing office once you have paid your outstanding fees and petitioned for a reinstatement.

Other issues: In some cases, you might not be able to renew your license, or it might be unclear to you why you are having your license revoked. Getting a liquor license in Dallas, TX can be a complicated process, so it might be wise to get help from a professional who can handle the process for you. This can take a lot of the pressure off of your shoulders.

The laws surrounding liquor licensing can be confusing and difficult to navigate. You might feel like you’re completely lost in all of the complex regulations and processes related to the licensing process. This can be incredibly stressful, especially if you are a business owner who already has enough on their plate. Thankfully, our team at LaBarba Permit Service is here to help you. For decades, we have been assisting customers throughout Texas with comprehensive licensing and permitting services that they can rely on. No matter what your specific needs may be, we would be more than happy to help you. Give us a call today to find out more.

TABC Shift to Warnings


In a sign that perhaps the staff shake-up at the TABC over the summer is having an effect, the state’s liquor regulatory agency recently shifted toward an emphasis on warnings, rather than citations.

Offenses that do not involve public safety matters will now most likely result in just a warning. The switch in enforcement policy occurred on September 15, but shouldn’t have had a noticeable impact on patrons.

The TABC stated that the change was designed as an attempt to increase voluntary compliance by establishments that serve alcohol. Most violations are due to oversight, and the agency wanted to acknowledge that lack of deliberate infringement by minimizing costs to business owners, legal and otherwise. Repeat violations will still lead to fines and the possible loss of a liquor license.

Still, it’s a sign of a new, pragmatic attitude at the TABC, which should make all of us in the industry feel hopeful!

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The Importance of TABC Renewal in Dallas, TX

When it comes to the serving of alcohol, specific rules and requirements can vary depending on your state. In Texas, the law requires that restaurants and bars that serve alcohol have a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) license. These licenses are granted to businesses that can be trusted to serve alcohol in a manner that is safe and that complies with all relevant laws and regulations.

Usually, liquor licenses need to be renewed on an annual basis to ensure that the business continues to abide by relevant laws. Even if you have had a liquor license for years, you still need to ensure that you handle your annual TABC renewal in Dallas, TX on time. Spending even one day without an active liquor license will leave you vulnerable to fees and even criminal charges.

Why liquor license renewal is important

A liquor license is required in order for a restaurant to serve alcohol in their establishment. Without this license, there is no way for a business to serve alcohol to patrons in a way that is legal. This license is important for a number of reasons. For one thing, a liquor license requires an investment of time and money, which demonstrates the willingness of a business to put effort into obtaining the proper certification.

In addition, actually obtaining a license requires a business to learn how to serve alcohol in a way that is safe and falls in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. When businesses know how to serve alcohol properly, it reduces the risk of individuals being overserved or minors being served alcohol. When establishments that serve alcohol are properly licensed and trained, it makes communities safer and allows people to enjoy their time out even more.

Even after you have received your license, it is still possible that you might be found to be out of compliance with TABC regulations. If this happens, it is likely that your license will be revoked and you will have to make changes and petition to get it back again. There are channels where consumers can report violations, and it is even possible that your establishment might be visited by a TABC agent or enforcer, who may investigate your practices to determine whether there are any violations. Because you may be asked about your license status at any time, it is important that you keep up with TABC renewal in Dallas, TX to avoid penalties and fees.

Seek TABC renewal in Dallas, TX

Getting your liquor license renewed is essential for any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages, but it can be a challenging process, especially if you are unfamiliar with the relevant laws. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with this process, why not let a professional take care of it for you? At LaBarba Permit Service, we have made it our business to understand the ins and outs of liquor licensing and permitting in the state of Texas since 1965. Our decades of experience have given us the ability to serve a variety of clients and provide the advice and services that fit their specific needs. Regardless of what specific licensing questions you have or which services you are looking for, we would be more than happy to help you.

In Vino, Very Bad News: Global Wine Production Down

Hold on to your glasses, everyone, because wine producers across the globe are having a bad year! The European wine industry is bearing the brunt of the decline, but worldwide, production is predicted to fall 8% this year, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV).


What’s to blame?

Mother Nature, really. Top producers Italy, France, and Spain all got hit hard by bad weather during the growing season. France expects its worst harvest since 1945! Italian wine production is predicted to fall 23%, French production is predicted to fall 19%, and Spanish production is predicted to fall 15%.

What does this mean for the wine industry?

Unfortunately, some small producers may be forced to sell or even close down permanently. Wineries with the capital to weather the downturn should survive. On a positive note, Australian and Argentinian production is predicted to be slightly up this year.

Oh, and the U.S.?

We’re doing all right. The recent wildfires in California are also projected to have an impact, but not nearly as drastic as what’s being seen in Europe. The estimate is only a 1% drop in production, thanks to the fact that most of the wine was harvested before the fires hit.

So, no need to panic, but maybe think about supporting smaller French, Italian, and Spanish wineries if you can!

Unfazed by these dire predictions and looking to get into the wine serving business in Texas? We can help make dealing with the TABC a breeze – just give our liquor licensing consultants a call!


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