Three in central Pa. among top liquor license bidders

Following the latest restaurant license auction, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued Notices of Selection to the top bidders on 20 licenses, three of which are in central Pennsylvania.

The local top bidders, with the license’s municipality and county, are:

· Specialty Lenders Ltd., Steelton, Dauphin County, $110,000

· Byler Holdings LP, Lebanon, Lebanon County, $151,001

· CHR Corp., Spring Garden Township, York County, $300,000

The deadline for submitting bids was Oct. 31. Winning bids ranged from $25,111 for a license in Benezette Township, Elk County, to $460,751 for a license in Uwchlan, Chester County. The average winning bid was $154,833.

A total of 69 bids were received, and one license in Cambria County received no bids.

Top bidders have 14 days from the date of each Notice of Selection to submit full bid payment to the Liquor Control Board. If payment is not received in a timely manner, the second-highest bidder will have the opportunity to purchase the license.

Each auction winner has six months from the issuance of the Notice of Selection to file a license application with the Liquor Control Board. Bids are held in escrow pending approval of the license application.

Revenue from previous license auctions is $32.9 million, with another $100,000 in escrow.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

York restaurant receives economic development liquor license 

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved an economic development liquor license for Hamir’s Indian Fusion in downtown York. 

The licenses are an economic development tool to support small business growth and community revitalization. Hamir’s Indian Fusion began its application more than two years ago, assisted by the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc. and Better York. 

Based upon York County’s population, two economic development liquor licenses may be issued per year in the county. 

“These liquor licenses are designed for small businesses to be able to serve and generate revenue and attract more business,” Kevin Schreiber, president and CEO of York County Economic Alliance, said in a release. In October, the Liquor Control Board granted an economic development liquor license to Willow Valley Communities for Southern Market Food Hall in downtown Lancaster. 

Schreiber added that the applicant pays a one-time fee of approximately $50,000 for a nontransferable license, versus acquiring a license on the open market, a much more competitive and costly process. 

Hamir’s Indian Fusion debuted in the Taste Test pop series in downtown York before opening a full restaurant in 2018. 

“Having this liquor license is a game changer,” Hamir Patel, owner and chef of Hamir’s Fusion, said. “… Now we can fully participate in the events of downtown York, the community we are blessed to be a part of.”