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HOURS OF OPERATION ON SUNDAYS

I own a small restaurant outside of Scranton. We have a brunch every Sunday starting at 10:30 A.M. A friend of mine who owns a tavern told me I could not serve alcohol until 11:00 A.M. on Sundays. Is this true? If so, are there any exceptions to the law?

Your friend is correct. Licensees cannot furnish, trade, barter, serve or deliver any alcoholic beverages before 11:00 A.M. on Sundays. Therefore, you would not be able to serve any alcoholic beverages before 11:00 A.M. on Sundays. For a restaurant Liquor Licensee, which you are, the hours in which you are able to serve alcohol are 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 A.M. on Sundays and 7:00 A.M. until 2:00 A.M. Monday through Saturday. You may apply to the PLCB for an extended hours food permit. Obtaining an extended hours food permit from the Board would permit your establishment to remain open during those hours it is normally closed (i.e. 2:00 A.M. until 7:00 A.M. Monday through Saturday or 11:00 A.M. on Sunday). However, this privilege to be open allows you to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages only. No sales of alcohol of any kind may occur during those extended hours, and patrons may not possess alcoholic beverages from 2:00 A.M. until 7:00 A.M. Monday through Saturday or 11:00 A.M. on Sunday.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Code does have an exception to this rule which allows the sale of alcoholic beverages beginning at 7:00 A.M. on St. Patrick’s Day, when that holiday occurs on a Sunday.

PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY MACHINE ON PREMISES

I own a small tavern in Philadelphia. I thought that having a Pennsylvania Lottery machine in the bar would bring in more business during the recession. I have contacted the lottery commission and will be able to get a machine installed in my bar. Are there any restrictions from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to having a lottery machine in the bar?

Yes. Traditionally, the Board has granted Licensees’ requests to place Pennsylvania Lottery machines in the licensed premises. This is considered an exception to the general rule against conducting another business on the licensed premises. You can write a letter to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Office of the Chief Counsel and make a written request to install a Pennsylvania Lottery machine on the licensed premises. These requests are generally granted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Be advised! Do not install the lottery machine until you have written approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

As seen in the Observer Magazine, a monthly beverage journal magazine. Edward Taraskus contributes the Know the Law column.