Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association

Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association is a statewide association based in Harrisburg, representing small business taverns and licensed restaurants in the Commonwealth.

The Association reorganized in 2019. @TavernPA Nonprofit Organization

Operating as usual

This morning the Governor's Office made some updates and clarifications to the event and gathering announcement yesterda...
10/07/2020

This morning the Governor's Office made some updates and clarifications to the event and gathering announcement yesterday.

Members ... one of our concerns was heard and is part of the update. Please check your email for Coronavirus Alert #114. This edition includes the latest updates on the new gathering and events rules.

From our October edition of Pennsylvania Beverage Media magazine ... Eye On The Profit Prize.https://pataverns.com/eye-o...
10/07/2020
Eye On The Profit Prize | PA Taverns

From our October edition of Pennsylvania Beverage Media magazine ... Eye On The Profit Prize.

https://pataverns.com/eye-on-the-profit-prize/

October 1, 2020 By pataverns in Latest News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Eye On The Profit Prize Eye On The Profit Prize Training & Marketing Can Help Optimize Margins, Increase Traffic Business really is about making a profit through a quality product. There’s no dispute about that. Every taver...

The October edition of our magazine is now in the hands of Members. Lot's of great stories in Pennsylvania Beverage Medi...
10/07/2020

The October edition of our magazine is now in the hands of Members. Lot's of great stories in Pennsylvania Beverage Media this month. If you're not a Member, you're missing out on this great benefit. Consider joining today https://pataverns.com/annual-membership-v2/

Today, Governor Wolf announced changes to his order limiting indoor events and gatherings. While on the surface some may...
10/06/2020

Today, Governor Wolf announced changes to his order limiting indoor events and gatherings. While on the surface some may feel this is helpful, a closer look indicates it hurts many small business taverns and licensed restaurants.

The PLBTA issued the following statement in response to today's new math from Governor Wolf.

https://pataverns.com/statementeventsizerule/

Video from today's Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee is now posted.Also, written testimo...
10/06/2020

Video from today's Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee is now posted.

Also, written testimony for all participants including those who submitted testimony but did not testify is also posted.

You can see the video and / or read all testimony via this link https://community.pasenategop.com/100620/

Today, the PLBTA testified in front of the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committe...
10/06/2020

Today, the PLBTA testified in front of the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Killion. Representing organized taverns was Jim DeLisio, PLBTA Board Member and President of the York County Tavern Association. The hearing covered SB 1256, which would legalize VGTs in taverns, licensed restaurants, and clubs.

Once the video link is available, we'll post that, but for now, you can read our testimony via this link https://pataverns.com/plbta-testimony-gaming-in-taverns/

Tuesday's agenda for the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee hearing on SB 1256 (VGTs) is ...
10/02/2020

Tuesday's agenda for the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee hearing on SB 1256 (VGTs) is now set. The PLBTA will be represented by Board Member Jim DeLisio and Executive Director Chuck Moran.

Livestream video of this hearing will be available on the Committee’s webpage: https://community.pasenategop.com/.

Appeals court allows Pennsylvania to restrict crowd size for indoor and outdoor gatheringshttps://cumberlink.com/news/lo...
10/01/2020
Appeals court allows Pennsylvania to restrict crowd size for indoor and outdoor gatherings

Appeals court allows Pennsylvania to restrict crowd size for indoor and outdoor gatherings

https://cumberlink.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/appeals-court-allows-pennsylvania-to-restrict-crowd-size-for-indoor-and-outdoor-gatherings/article_a886c2c3-2bd9-5c8f-924b-55ba91f25fef.html

PIAA added that as a result of the ruling, and without further action from Wolf, it's telling member schools that the statewide spectator limits of 25 for indoor games and

Thank you to these 28 establishments that recently supported organized taverns by renewing Memberships or joining our As...
10/01/2020

Thank you to these 28 establishments that recently supported organized taverns by renewing Memberships or joining our Association for the first time. All are listed in our monthly magazine -- Pennsylvania Beverage Media.

If you're a Pennsylvania tavern or licensed restaurant and are not a part of our Association, you should consider joining today to support your industry and help organized taverns get bigger and stronger. If not, don't complain about what happens in Harrisburg. Joining is as easy as going to this website https://pataverns.com/annual-membership-v2/

Fox 43 York: More than 26,000 places to eat and drink in PA but only 4,500 have self-certified; here's why some say they...
09/30/2020
More than 26,000 places to eat and drink in PA but only 4,500 have self-certified; here's why some say they won't

Fox 43 York: More than 26,000 places to eat and drink in PA but only 4,500 have self-certified; here's why some say they won't

Includes PLBTA quotes.

https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/more-than-26000-places-to-eat-and-drink-in-pa-but-only-4500-have-self-certified-heres-why-some-say-they-wont/521-ccafe980-703e-4800-ba3e-041a415fd2c5

Fear of penalties and distrust of the Wolf Administration are two of the reasons why restaurant owners say they are not self-certifying with the state.

Our newest Member -- Joe's Tavern in Bethlehem -- is in this story and helping by being a part of organized taverns. Tha...
09/25/2020
Coronavirus-battered Pennsylvania restaurant and bar industry anticipates another Harrisburg showdown over reopening

Our newest Member -- Joe's Tavern in Bethlehem -- is in this story and helping by being a part of organized taverns. Thank you Shelly for interviewing with the Allentown Morning Call and telling your story ... These are the stories that need to be told!

Allentown Morning Call: Coronavirus-battered Pennsylvania restaurant and bar industry anticipates another Harrisburg showdown over reopening

https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-restaurants-bars-20200925-pw22l6d3lrakdartqqvizqxpsq-story.html

Another veto-override battle could brewing in Harrisburg as a heavily supported Pennsylvania legislative bill that would lift some coronavirus restrictions in bars and restaurants -- including allowing the use of bar seats during the pandemic -- faces an anticipated veto by Gov. Tom Wolf.

This is why Pennsylvania needs an Association like the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, representi...
09/25/2020
Large restaurant chains have mostly recovered from the effects of COVID-19, while the rest of the industry still struggles, Bank of America study says

This is why Pennsylvania needs an Association like the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, representing small business taverns and licensed restaurants. If you're a small business owner, make sure you belong to support our segment of the industry.

Nation's Restaurant News: Large restaurant chains have mostly recovered from the effects of COVID-19, while the rest of the industry still struggles, Bank of America study says

https://www.nrn.com/restaurants-ready/large-restaurant-chains-have-mostly-recovered-effects-covid-19-while-rest-industry

A study of Bank of America credit card spending since March emphasizes the widened gap between recovery for large restaurant chains and small businesses

Pennsylvania lawmakers pass legislation easing restrictions on restaurants and barshttps://www.thecentersquare.com/penns...
09/23/2020
Pennsylvania lawmakers pass legislation easing restrictions on restaurants and bars

Pennsylvania lawmakers pass legislation easing restrictions on restaurants and bars

https://www.thecentersquare.com/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-lawmakers-pass-legislation-easing-restrictions-on-restaurants-and-bars/article_d78f1402-fdd9-11ea-9bea-9b07e9fd1b90.html

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania lawmakers this week signed off on legislation that proponents say eases the restrictions bar and restaurant owners face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement: PLBTA Thanks State House For Successful Concurrence Vote On HB 2513; Small Business Taverns and Licensed Rest...
09/23/2020

Statement: PLBTA Thanks State House For Successful Concurrence Vote On HB 2513; Small Business Taverns and Licensed Restaurants Urge Governor Not To Veto This Help

https://pataverns.com/statementhb2513toguv/

BREAKING NEWS: Pennsylvania House concurs with HB 2513 after on-floor debate, 145-56. Bill now goes to Governor Wolf.Jus...
09/23/2020

BREAKING NEWS: Pennsylvania House concurs with HB 2513 after on-floor debate, 145-56. Bill now goes to Governor Wolf.

Just before this vote, the House did not have enough votes to override the governor's veto of the high school sports bill. 25 flipped from their previous vote.

We are hearing this morning through our contacts at the Capitol that the House will likely vote today on HB 2513 concurr...
09/23/2020

We are hearing this morning through our contacts at the Capitol that the House will likely vote today on HB 2513 concurrence. If so, it could happen mid-afternoon or later if they do vote.

NOW is the time to make as many calls to all State Representatives, particularly Democrats. PLEASE DO THIS ASAP!!

To find your State Representative and his/her contact information, follow this link https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

Statement: PLBTA Applauds State Senate In Passing HB 2513;Small Business Taverns and Licensed Restaurants Need This Help...
09/22/2020
Statement: PLBTA Applauds State Senate In Passing HB 2513; Small Business Taverns and Licensed Restaurants Need This Help | PA Taverns

Statement: PLBTA Applauds State Senate In Passing HB 2513;
Small Business Taverns and Licensed Restaurants Need This Help

https://pataverns.com/statement-plbta-applauds-state-senate-in-passing-hb-2513-small-business-taverns-and-licensed-restaurants-need-this-help/

September 22, 2020 By pataverns in Latest News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Statement: PLBTA Applauds State Senate In Passing HB 2513; Small Business Taverns and Licensed Restaurants Need This Help Statement: PLBTA Applauds State Senate In Passing HB 2513; Small Business Taverns and Licensed Resta...

HB 2513 just passed 43-6 ... veto proof in the Senate. We will publish more in today's alert!It now goes to the House fo...
09/22/2020

HB 2513 just passed 43-6 ... veto proof in the Senate.

We will publish more in today's alert!

It now goes to the House for concurrence. Please start calling your State Representative.

We are anticipating a close vote on HB 2513 in the Senate. It's on the marked calendar for amend and/or run.Please make ...
09/22/2020

We are anticipating a close vote on HB 2513 in the Senate. It's on the marked calendar for amend and/or run.

Please make your last minute calls to your state senators NOW and ask for their support to help our industry. Senate goes into session early this afternoon. You can find your state senator via this link https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

Members ... we will be putting out an Alert later today with details on self-certification as the website is now live. W...
09/21/2020

Members ... we will be putting out an Alert later today with details on self-certification as the website is now live. We will also be providing more information on the unsworn falsification to authorities law and penalties. Please check your email after 3:30 p.m. for the next Member communications alert.

Allentown Morning Call: Wolf signs order cutting off alcohol sales at Pennsylvania restaurants at 11 pm, starting Monday...
09/18/2020
Wolf signs order cutting off alcohol sales at Pennsylvania’s restaurants at 11 p.m., starting Monday

Allentown Morning Call: Wolf signs order cutting off alcohol sales at Pennsylvania restaurants at 11 pm, starting Monday.

PLBTA mentioned

https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-wolf-levine-restaurant-occupancy-order-alcohol-curfew-20200917-ybeltf5krfghtgolx7pcsxru6i-story.html

Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine signed orders Thursday, allowing restaurants to increase indoor occupancy to 50% Monday. The orders also stop on-site alcohol sales at 11 p.m., an hour later than originally announced.

BREAKING NEWS ... there is breaking news coming out of the Governor's Office and the DCED thanks in part to our lobbying...
09/17/2020

BREAKING NEWS ... there is breaking news coming out of the Governor's Office and the DCED thanks in part to our lobbying push on the 10 p.m. rule to begin on Monday. Members, we'll be getting out an Alert with details shortly.

Wolf to appealhttps://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-gov-wolf-plans-to-appeal-covid-restrictions-ruling-20200914-ztf...
09/14/2020
Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to seek stay, file an appeal of court decision that shoots down public gathering restrictions

Wolf to appeal

https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-gov-wolf-plans-to-appeal-covid-restrictions-ruling-20200914-ztft3mlxwvejfjp3kkxwcg2vse-story.html

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration plans to file an appeal and seek a stay of a federal court's decision Monday that state-imposed shutdown orders that required people to stay at home and placed limits on public gatherings were unconstitutional.

Are Democrats Blowing Pennsylvania?This is an opinion in a national online media outlet called "Commentary." It includes...
09/14/2020
Are Democrats Blowing Pennsylvania? - Noah Rothman, Commentary Magazine

Are Democrats Blowing Pennsylvania?

This is an opinion in a national online media outlet called "Commentary." It includes mention of one of our Members (Volpe's Sports Bar).

And it also includes the following thoughts from another owner ... "So why apply this draconian measure to the entire state? And why choose September 21 if the matter is so urgent? And why 10 p.m.? The answer to these questions is no mystery to Pennsylvania’s bar and restaurant industry ... "

Click on this link to read on ... https://www.commentarymagazine.com/noah-rothman/are-democrats-blowing-pennsylvania/

Between the ongoing violence now reaching into American suburbs and onerous coronavirus restrictions, Pennsylvania Democrats are turning support for Trump into an act of protest.

Members ... we will be putting out a Coronavirus Alert later today. As of now, we will have stories as follows:1. Court ...
09/14/2020

Members ... we will be putting out a Coronavirus Alert later today. As of now, we will have stories as follows:

1. Court Says Wolf Pandemic Policies Are Overreach
2. Gift Certificates / Tokens And The 10 PM Rule
3. Does 10 PM Rule Require A 10:30 PM Closing?

We are waiting for a news conference on #1 above, but want to share the news via the first page of a court document below.

Also, we have new information on #2 and #3.

Please look for an Alert later today.

Members ... late today, we received more information via the LCE concerning the Governor's most recent announcement conc...
09/11/2020

Members ... late today, we received more information via the LCE concerning the Governor's most recent announcement concerning the 10 p.m. rule as well as the 50% indoor self-certification rule.

We just issued Coronavirus Alert #102 with details. Please check your email box.

Members ... don't forget that we have entered into an agreement with Dynamic Settlement Group to assist those interested...
09/11/2020

Members ... don't forget that we have entered into an agreement with Dynamic Settlement Group to assist those interested in seeking a refund in the Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement. Your establishment may be eligible for a refund in the Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement, if you accepted Visa and/or MasterCard credit or debit cards in the United States from January 1, 2004 to January 24, 2019.

You should have received an email from us earlier this week with greater detail.

If you missed it, you can begin the process by clicking on this link https://app.pandadoc.com/templates/MTI5ODkwMDIxNjQyODI3Mzk2NDgyMTUxMjc4MzAwNTY0NzQ1MzU5NTYwMjE1MTg3MTM4NTczMjUyNjYyNzc3OTEyODc2NTczOTA1NjI5NjQ4NzY5NzIzNTA0MTc5NjM5/embed#/templates/embed

We had a great meeting in the Lehigh Valley today. Thank you Rep. Day, Rep. McNeill, Sen. Boscola, and Sen. Browne for j...
09/10/2020

We had a great meeting in the Lehigh Valley today. Thank you Rep. Day, Rep. McNeill, Sen. Boscola, and Sen. Browne for joining us and letting us vent. Also, thank you to Michelle Ritter, owner of the Willow Street Pub, for hosting the meeting in her tent.

And, finally, thank you to all the concerned tavern and licensed restaurant owners who came out, asked questions, and voiced concerns to our guests from the legislature. Your voice matters!

Zia Maria Italian Pub and Eatery in Denver is now on board with KonekTV, and also now a Member of our Association! Thank...
09/10/2020

Zia Maria Italian Pub and Eatery in Denver is now on board with KonekTV, and also now a Member of our Association! Thank you Zia Maria Italian Pub and Eatery for giving both KonekTV and the PLBTA a chance.

Remember, when you try KonekTV for one year at no cost, you'll also get a free one-year Membership in our Association. To learn more, click on this link https://pataverns.com/konektvoffer/

#PaTaverns #PaRestaurants

Good to see our Member Volpe's Sports Bar interviewed for this news story along with our Association in the Allentown Mo...
09/10/2020
Lehigh Valley sports bars feel blindsided by Pennsylvania’s decision to cut off alcohol at 10 p.m.

Good to see our Member Volpe's Sports Bar interviewed for this news story along with our Association in the Allentown Morning Call.

Lehigh Valley sports bars feel blindsided by Pennsylvania’s decision to cut off alcohol at 10 p.m.

https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-gov-wolf-alcohol-curfew-to-hit-sports-bars-hard-20200909-azgvods2n5bqrehl2w2dlchnki-story.html

#PaTaverns #PaRestaurants #News #Pennsylvania #PaPolitics

Sports bars could be among the most affected by Gov. Tom Wolf’s restaurant announcement Tuesday, establishments that typically open later in the afternoon and stay open late, catering to those looking to catch a late-night game or those hungry for a meal and a drink as their shift ends.

As an update on HB 2513, it came out of Appropriations earlier today by a 20-4 vote. Here's who voted for and against th...
09/09/2020

As an update on HB 2513, it came out of Appropriations earlier today by a 20-4 vote. Here's who voted for and against the bill.

Yes votes: Sens. Schwank (D), Blake (D), Collett (D), Iovino (D), Santarsiero (D), Browne (R), Yaw (R), Corman (R), Scarnati (R), Argall (R), Killion (R), Langerholc (R), Laughlin (R), Martin (R), Mensch (R), Phillips Hill (R), Pittman (R), Scavello (R), Stefano (R), Vogel (R)

No votes: Sens. Art Haywood (D), Jay Costa (D), Vincent Hughes (D), and Sharif Street (D).

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Harrisburg, PA
17101

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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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(717) 232-8671

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The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association is a statewide association based in Harrisburg, representing and lobbying for small business taverns and licensed restaurants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Association formed in 1941, reorganized in 2019, and today advocates for best practices and rights within the industry as well as best experiences for patrons. We are the leading trade association exclusively serving small business taverns and licensed restaurants in Pennsylvania. Our legislative representation for our Members at the State Capitol is second to none. We strive to promote regulations, rules, and laws that help our Members. From corner bars, delis and neighborhood taverns to five-star restaurants and resorts, our industry supports more than 150,000 Pennsylvanian jobs, and remains an established, important part of our communities. To become a member, visit www.pataverns.com. Follow us on Twitter @TavernPA

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