Delivery and Carry Out of Alcoholic Beverages Extended

Pursuant to Executive Order 22, Governor Lee has extended the date that restaurants and limited service restaurants may sell alcoholic beverages for curbside pickup or delivery to 11:59 PM on April 14, 2020.  The following rules remain in place: Only restaurants and limited service restaurants may sell alcoholic beverages to go. Spirits may not be
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No LBD Tax on Deliveries

Please see below. This was reposted from the TN Department of Revenue’s website. Liquor-by-the-Drink Tax and Alcoholic Beverages for Consumption Off Premises Governor Lee’s Executive Order no. 17 authorizes the temporary sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off of the premises by a restaurant. For further details and requirements surrounding such sales, please see the Executive
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Executive Order No. 17 re: Hospitality Industry

Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 17.  This Order goes into effect at 12:01 am on March 23, 2020 and is in effect until April 6, 2020. Restaurants and Limited Service Restaurants (bars) may sell alcohol to go (takeout or delivery) under the following conditions. Alcohol must be sold in conjunction with a food order.
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Possible Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Manufacturers

Different licenses have different disclosure requirements. Retail food stores are statutorily required to disclose any owner with more than ten percent (10%) ownership. Liquor-by-the-drink establishments must disclose personal information on any individual with an ownership percentage of five percent (5%) or more. The retail package store statutes are silent on any de minimis ownership percentage
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Historic Changes to Tennessee’s Alcoholic Beverage Law

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed historic changes to Tennessee’s alcoholic beverage law.  The main headline of the bill is that liquor stores and grocery stores will now be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages and wine on Sunday.  Liquor stores will be able to begin to open on Sunday as soon as the bill is
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Sixth Circuit Strikes Down Residency Requirement

On February 21, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the judgement of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee that the durational residency requirements found in Tenn. Code Ann. §57-3-204(b)(2)(A), (3)(A)-(B) and (3)(D) are in violation of the Commerce Clause.  This is
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Tying Up Loose Ends

GSRM Attorneys Dan Haskell and Matt Scanlan have filed a bill on behalf of the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association that should clarify several recurring issues for liquor-by-the-drink licensees.  Senate Bill 1820/House Bill 1976 will permit licensees to do the following: Designate any contiguous area owned or controlled by the licensee as part of the
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TABC Moves to Online System for License Application and Renewal

The TABC will launch its new online system for license application and renewal on January 22, 2018.  The system is a product of many years of work for the TABC.  Beginning on January 22, users will be able to preview the site, create accounts, and can begin entering information and documents into their accounts. For
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Rule Changes for LBD and Retail Package Stores

On September 22, 2017, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission voted to pass recently promulgated rules and amend some rules that have been in place for a number of years.  The majority of the rules pertain to manufacturers; however, there are a few that pertain to liquor-by-the-drink establishments and retail package stores. Below are some highlights
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A Guide to Serving Donated Product and Private Events

Restaurateurs and hoteliers are often asked to serve product that has been donated by wholesalers or retailers at events on their premises. For many years this has been a problem for premises with an on-premises consumption license as they were only allowed to serve products owned by the licensee. During the 2017 session of the
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Easier for Restaurants to Make Infusions

Whether it was house made sangria or cucumber flavored vodka, prior to 2015 restaurants and hotels made their own alcoholic beverage products for many years. The industry term for these products is infusions. In 2013 the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission took a keener interest in the practice of creating infusions and sought to prohibit the
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Metro Nashville Beer Board Prorated Privilege Tax Rates

The Metro Nashville Beer Board has adopted prorated privilege tax rates. Before this change it was difficult for those getting a new beer permit to know how much of the $100 annual privilege tax they would owe. The amount was prorated daily, and for many years the agency accepted only the exact cash amount or
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