Governor Patrick Signs Caterers Liquor License into Law

Release Date: August 2, 2012

The MRA is pleased to report that Governor Patrick signed legislation into law that will allow for a new caterers liquor license. The MRA and its Caterers' Committee have been working on this proposal for the past four years. Nothing changes for those caterers who have no interest in alcoholic beverage sales. However, for those with an interest, this new license will:

  • Allow caterers to purchase alcohol from wholesalers, store, transport and sell it at private parties not open to the public
  • Have an annual fee of $1500
  • Limit the sale of alcohol at such events for five hours
  • Require caterers with this license to have liquor liability insurance ($250K/500K)...the same as all other liquor licenses in the Commonwealth
  • Require that the servers be trained in a nationally recognized responsible alcohol training program (ServSafe Responsible Alcohol Service)
  • Require that all laws of the Commonwealth relative to the sale of alcohol be observed
  • Require the notification of the local police chief 48 hours before any event

The ABCC will now write regulations and they should take effect within 90 days, certainly, in time for the Holiday Season. The MRA Caterers' Committee will host a meeting to give full details as the regulations are completed. The MRA appreciates all the hard work of our legislative sponsors Rep. McMurtry, (D-Dedham) and Sen. Rodriques (D-Westport), the support of the Senate President, the Speaker of the House and many members of the legislature that advocated on our behalf and, of course, Governor Patrick for signing the legislation. We also thank our Caterers' Committee, Chaired by Olive Chase (Casual Gourmet) for their determination, personal involvement and support.

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