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Bars, restaurants confused over new guidance from liquor authority about live music

Some bar and restaurant owners are confused by relatively new guidance that has come from the New York State Liquor Authority.

News10NBC reports that the confusion is over what kinds of live entertainment at bars and restaurants is allowed.


Businesses received an email from the SLA reading in part, “Currently, only incidental music performances are safe and permissible.”

The email notes that ‘incidental’ music constitutes anything that cannot be ticketed for, or advertised ahead of time.


Danny Deutsch, the owner of Abilene Bar and Lounge, tells News10NBC that there needs to be clarification.

“There needs to be more explanation of what they’re looking for, what that means,” he said. “No one wants to put their liquor license in jeopardy, no one wants to risk a fine. and no one wants to do anything contrary to what the laws are at this point.”

 

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