Displaying items tagged: Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

Friday, 10 February 2023 14:20

LEFT OUT TO DRY: State alcohol regulators deny liquor license for Grand Rapids laundromat owner

GRAND RAPIDS — Edward Bates opened a laundromat on Grand Rapids’ far south side in 2018 after investing about $3 million into the building with renovations and new equipment.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:34

Whitmer plan ties reopening to vaccination rates

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has outlined a new plan that lifts restrictions on restaurants, event venues and workplaces as the state meets a series of COVID-19 vaccination thresholds.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 15:48

Whitmer administration loosens capacity restrictions under ‘cautious’ COVID-19 reopening

The Whitmer administration on Tuesday announced a series of loosened COVID-19 restrictions statewide, including allowing restaurants and bars to double their indoor capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent and allowing visitations at long-term care facilities.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 16:17

State plans second liquor buyback program, unveils Restaurant Meal Program to aid reeling restaurant industry

The state plans to hold another liquor buyback for bars and restaurants. A similar effort earlier this year by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) bought back $3.4 million in spirits from 673 liquor license holders, for an average of a little more than $5,000 per each bar and restaurant that was closed or had limited operations during the COVID-019 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 07 December 2020 15:50

State extends COVID-19 restrictions for 12 more days

The Whitmer administration has extended restrictions on indoor dining and various indoor entertainment facilities for 12 more days to help curb the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 02 November 2020 12:58

Restaurant owners ready to comply with latest order, but question effectiveness

Restaurant owners are seeking clarification from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on last week’s revised emergency order requiring bars and restaurants to gather names and contact information from patrons. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:20

State clamps down on gathering sizes, restaurants as COVID cases surge

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has extended emergency orders that reinstates restrictions on gathering sizes and requires bars and restaurants to collect contact information from customers to aid in contract tracing.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 16:28

De-escalation training available for bar, restaurant employees following mask mandate

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association has launched a training program for bar and restaurant employees on how to properly de-escalate disputes with customers over pandemic-related restrictions.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 02 July 2020 10:01

New bar, restaurant coalition wants to set model for operating safely

A coalition of bars and restaurants started in Grand Rapids is “trying to build some solidarity” within the industry around managing facilities responsibly during the pandemic, following recent COVID-19 spikes linked to bars that led Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to close many of them for indoor service.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:16

Whitmer signs bar, restaurant relief package expanding alcohol sales

LANSING — Michigan restaurants and bars are now able to expand alcohol sales as well as the area where patrons can consume drinks. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:05

MLCC streamlines process for bars, restaurants to add outdoor service, offer to-go beer and wine

Bars and restaurants that want to open outdoor service areas can now take advantage of a streamlined permitting process through the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 17 May 2020 17:22

‘Cumbersome’ state liquor buyback program comes with many questions for bars, restaurants

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has returned nearly $3.4 million to licensees as part of a liquor buyback program to support bars and restaurants during the state-mandated closure to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 09 February 2020 18:30

New law provides ‘parity’ for spirits producers, vendors to host festivals

New laws aim to bring parity to the state’s alcoholic beverage sector. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:12

Bills would uncork changes for Michigan’s craft beverage industry

series of bipartisan bills fast-tracked for the state Legislature’s lame-duck session would redefine the laws governing how Michigan-based alcoholic beverage producers operate. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness