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#357037 - 10/19/11 10:21 AM Ye Olde Dram Shoppe
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I know. Sorry. I'm spittling all over the boards again. My workmate has been sick with a fluey thing all week, and I'm not walking 70' from the bathroom to the tile saw for every cut.

STATE LIQUOR LAWS

Massachuzettz has had some of the tightest alcoholic beverage laws for 30 years. There's buzz now that they might change.

In the early 80's, the state outlawed Happy Hour. Along with that were attendant rules: no one can ever be served 2 drinks at once, (esp. at last call); drinks can never be discounted; no free food as an incentive to drink, etc. They also enlarged the blanket of liablility so that everyone is on the hook.

As someone who has never consumed alcohol, I admit that I've raked in a lot o' cash from people who do. Being a moonlighting bartender for 20 years, I had to know the laws of whatever state I happened to be in at the time.

It appears that we are about to allow "Indian" casinos in the Comomonwealth. The powers on The Hill have long been annoyed at how much Mass cash goes to the two casinos in CT and the one in RI.

So, bars and restaurants are now clamoring for their lives. If your F & B business is located near one of these new casinos, where liquor flows there like water, you're going to have a hard time competing under existing laws.

So I think we're about to let it all come back---Happy Hour, 2 fers, free food, Sunday brunch cocktail specials, the whole smear (it's better in Yiddish--schmeer).

How does your state regulate the alcoholic bev. sales industries? Are there madnatory penalties for DUI?

I remember drive-through bars in TX. They didn't bite the dust until the late 80's, and only then because they were going to be denied Fed Hgwy funds.
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#357038 - 10/19/11 10:30 AM Re: Ye Olde Dram Shoppe [Re: BobKay]
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I thought every state had mandatory DUI penalties. You probably fail the min. blood alcohol to be punished, if you sniffed a beer 30 minutes ago. At least, that's my impression.

I used to drink and drive like crazy. I was just lucky. That was the 1970's and early 1980's for me. Today, I allow myself one or 2 a day, but never drive afterwards. I'm all for the DUI laws. But, does that include other drugs, or are those tests only for alcohol usage?

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#357044 - 10/19/11 11:27 AM Re: Ye Olde Dram Shoppe [Re: CatBrat]
BobKay Offline
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Sorry, Brain. I should have said mandatory "sentencing" laws--like 2nd offense is 6 mos. in the hoosgow.
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#357045 - 10/19/11 11:47 AM Re: Ye Olde Dram Shoppe [Re: BobKay]
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It's strict liqueur laws like this that make me happy I'm a crack addict.
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#357048 - 10/19/11 01:11 PM Re: Ye Olde Dram Shoppe [Re: MarkSJohnson]
BobKay Offline
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I don't think they have separte laws for cordials.
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#357094 - 10/20/11 01:09 AM Re: Ye Olde Dram Shoppe [Re: BobKay]
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#357096 - 10/20/11 01:17 AM Re: Ye Olde Dram Shoppe [Re: SBrown]
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I read this as Ye Olde DRUM Shoppe crazy
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