Running a Restaurant/ABC license


Hi Larry,

We are a start-up catering llc. trying to understand how we can obtain an ABC license. Can a catering company using a commercial kitchen also obtain an ABC Beer and Wine license in California? Or only an establish restaurant can obtain an ABC Beer and Wine license?

Thank you!

I am not an expert on California liquor license laws. However, in most jurisdictions you would not qualify for a license because the premises of the alcohol sale is as important as the entity obtaining the license. In other words, they want to inspect the place where the product is sold. Catering companies have a variety of venues.

Hope this helps.  

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Larry Edger


Multi concept restaurant owner. Just finished fourth restaurant. Can answer questions on all aspects of running, owning and starting a restaurant, cafe or hospitality operation. Enjoy helping other restaurant owners. Most "consultants" have no idea what a restaurant operator needs to be successful. Let me know if I can assist you finding answers to your operating and marketing questions. Accomplished chef and menu development a particular talent for upscale casual restaurants.


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