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File #: 160888    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/6/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/13/2016
Title: Authorizing the joint Committees on Public Health and Human Services and Licenses and Inspections to hold hearings and further calling on the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to investigate "stop-n-go" establishments that violate restaurant liquor license requirements.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 16088800.pdf, 2. Signature16088800.pdf
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Authorizing the joint Committees on Public Health and Human Services and Licenses and Inspections to hold hearings and further calling on the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to investigate "stop-n-go" establishments that violate restaurant liquor license requirements.

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WHEREAS, The term Stop-N-Go loosely refers to a delicatessen-style business where patrons commonly purchase alcoholic beverages and food for consumption off premises; and

WHEREAS, Any establishment selling alcoholic beverages must comply with the guidelines put in place by the Pennsylvania Liquor Code and Liquor Control Board; and

WHEREAS, In order to qualify for a restaurant liquor license issued by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the establishment must be a reputable place habitually and principally used for the purpose of providing food for the public, have serving areas within a building of not less than 400 square feet; and be equipped with tables and chairs to accommodate at least 30 persons at one time; and

WHEREAS, Three agencies in Philadelphia have jurisdiction to investigate allegations of misconduct by liquor licensees: the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections; and

WHEREAS, Many of the restaurant liquor code violations of stop-n-gos involve tables and chairs not readily available to the public, minimal or no food service, sales to minors, and open on Sundays without a Sunday sales permit. Additionally, restroom facilities are often not accessible to customers; and

WHEREAS, An initial investigation in one council district found that 26 percent of the establishments sell liquor by the drink, nearly 90 percent do not sell food; and

WHEREAS, Among 27 stop-n-go establishments in the same council district, the average time from one location to the next was three ...

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