House Bill No. 5194

Public Act No. 99-159

An Act Concerning the Dispensing or Sale of Alcoholic Liquor under Caterer Liquor Permits and Manufacturer Permits for Certain Brew Pubs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) A caterer liquor permit shall allow a person regularly engaged in the business of providing food and beverages to others for service at private gatherings or at special events to sell and serve alcoholic liquor for on-premises consumption at any activity, event or function for which such person has been hired. The annual fee for a caterer liquor permit shall be three hundred fifty dollars.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (a) The holder of a caterer liquor permit shall, on a form prescribed by the Department of Consumer Protection or electronically, notify the department, in writing, of the date, location and hours of each event at which alcohol is served under such permit at least one business day in advance of such event. If the holder of a caterer liquor permit is unable to provide the written notice required under this section due to exigent circumstances, such holder may provide notice to the department by telephone of the date, location and hours of each event at which alcohol is served under such permit.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of section 30-48 of the general statutes, a backer or holder of a caterer liquor permit may be a backer or holder of any other permit issued under the provisions of chapter 545 of the general statutes except a manufacturer permit issued under section 30-16 of the general statutes or a wholesaler permit issued under section 30-17 of the general statutes.

(c) The holder of a caterer liquor permit and any other permit issued under the provisions of chapter 545 of the general statutes that prohibits the off-premises consumption of alcoholic liquor shall be exempt from such prohibition for the purposes of conducting such holder's catering business only.

Sec. 3. Subsection (e) of section 30-91 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) (1) In the case of any premises operating under a tavern permit, premises operating under a manufacturer permit for a brew pub, or premises operating under a cafe permit, wherein, under the provisions of this section, the sale of alcoholic liquor is forbidden on certain days or hours of the day, or during the period when a tavern permit, manufacturer permit for a brew pub, or cafe permit is suspended, it shall likewise be unlawful to keep such premises open to, or permit it to be occupied by, the public on such days or hours.

(2) For a period of one year after the effective date of this act, the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any premises operating under a manufacturer permit for a brew pub in which class III gaming, as defined in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, P.L. 100-497, 25 USC 2701, et seq., may be legally conducted.

Approved June 23, 1999

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