Our colleagues at Pesetsky & Bookman, the NYC Hospitality Alliance's general and legislative counsel, have shared with us that the SLA announced at its last board meeting that there has been a slowdown in the processing of new liquor license applications. According to SLA, the agency usually receives about 100 new applications per week, but in the last few weeks that number has increased to about 160 per week. At the same time, SLA's licensing division has lost a number of staff members. The SLA board therefore advises the industry that applications are not being approved at the same speed as is usual.
If you are in the process of opening a new hospitality business, please take this delayed timeframe into account.
See the full text of the announcement below: