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Five midstate businesses awarded wine licenses under new liquor law

Takeout wine has been approved for five midstate businesses under the new liquor reform law, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The PLCB today announced that 81 wine expanded permits have been approved out of 174 submitted requests, as of Monday afternoon.

The five local recipients of the permit so far are:

  • Black N Bleu, a restaurant on the Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, Cumberland County
  • Giant Food Stores LLC on Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County
  • The Belvedere Inn on North Queen Street in Lancaster, Lancaster County
  • Holy Hound Taproom on West Market Street in York, York County
  • Giant Food Stores LLC on East Market Street in Springettsbury Township, York County

What is a wine expanded permit?

Under the new liquor law, also known as Act 39, hotel and restaurant licensees that already sell take-out beer can apply for wine expanded permits to sell up to four bottles of wine for off-site consumption.

Some convenience and grocery stores already have the restaurant license. And retailers that don’t, but instead have what is known as an eating place, or “E,” liquor license, can convert their existing license to a restaurant, or “R” license.

The expanded wine permit costs $2,000 up front, with an annual renewal fee of 2 percent of the cost of wine purchased from the PLCB for to-go sales. The license conversion costs $30,000.

Permit holders may begin selling wine upon receiving the permit, according to the PLCB.

View the full list of approved wine expanded permits here.

What’s next?

The PLCB said it anticipates approving a number of direct wine shipper licenses this week.

Act 39 eliminated the old shipper license and replaced it with a new license that allows wine producers to ship up to 36 cases of wine per year to state residents. There is a $250 application fee for the direct wine shipper license, which is subject to an annual renewal fee of $250.

As of Monday afternoon, 101 requests have been submitted for the direct wine shipper licenses.

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