Displaying items tagged: Michigan Liquor Control Commission

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
Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:52

Shifting retail on Grand Rapids’ east side reflects broader market trends

GRAND RAPIDS — Retail corridors on Grand Rapids’ east side are in flux as new businesses move in and longtime staples relocate or shut down.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:07

MLCC rules in favor of breweries hosting free bingo games

Breweries, wineries and restaurants may now legally offer free bingo to patrons without fear of punishment by the state following a recent ruling by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 16:13

MLCC launches new online liquor ordering system for licensees

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission took measures this week to streamline the ordering process for its 14,000 liquor licensees across the state.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 06 January 2021 14:11

Despite wide bipartisan support, Whitmer vetoes legislation to ease restrictions on distilleries

Legislation designed to put Michigan’s distillers on a more even footing with cider, beer and wine producers died on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk this week.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
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, 30 November 2020 17:05

Michigan Strategic Fund approves $10M pandemic relief program for small businesses

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $10 million COVID-19 relief grant program for small businesses that were harmed by recent state restrictions affecting restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:59

Alcohol retailers fill MLCC hearing opposing Total Wine’s GR-area plans

LANSING — More than a dozen statewide beer, wine and liquor retailers spoke out against a potential liquor license at the Michigan Liquor Control Commission Wednesday as corporate retailer Total Wine & More seeks to establish its first store in Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:20

Grand Rapids considers year-round social districts for restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS — As fall and winter weather approaches, city of Grand Rapids officials are examining ways to make outdoor seating that restaurants have relied on during the COVID-19 pandemic into a year-round option. 

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 16:06

New owners of Greenville brewpub consider rebrand, renewed focus on brewing

GREENVILLE — Castle Brewing Co. has been acquired by a new team hoping to bring brewing experience and possibly a new concept to the Montcalm County brewpub.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 16 August 2020 19:00

‘Questions and concerns:’ Outdoor drinking areas may offer lifeline for bars and restaurants, but oversight questions remain

Designating outdoor drinking areas is not only a way to modernize Michigan’s alcohol regulations, but also extends a critical lifeline for restaurants and bars grappling with limited activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
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

Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:15

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Sanity in sanitizer

On Thursday, Josh Cook got the call every licensed beverage alcohol producer dreads. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:34

Brewers’ charitable donations face MLCC scrutiny

When Chico, Calif.-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. put out the “bat signal” seeking help to support victims of last year’s catastrophic Camp Fire in northern California, the Michigan craft brewing industry set into motion. Their rallying point: Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. Sierra Nevada created the beer as a fundraiser, pledging to donate 100 percent of its profits from the sale of the product to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. The 10th-largest U.S. brewery then shared the recipe online and encouraged breweries all over the country to participate.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 17 December 2017 19:03

Staying local: Greenville brewpub gets new owners

GREENVILLE — After being on the market for more than a year, a West Michigan restaurant and brewery has sold to new owners.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 04 September 2016 16:58

BarFly completes $5M raise, plans 3-4 new HopCat locations in 2017

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC, the parent company that operates the growing HopCat craft beer bar chain, has secured a new $5 million investment to further its expansion in the Midwest, MiBiz has learned. 

Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:25

West Michigan’s booming craft beer industry grapples with growth

A year and a half after launching Railtown Brewing Co. in Dutton, Justin Buiter and Gim Lee realized their craft brewery needed to expand well ahead of schedule. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness