Danville caterers will apply for liquor license

July 12, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Steve and Mimi Becker's carpenter was at their Main Street catering hall Friday to install lock-and-key cabinets.

The owners of Toy Box Catering are preparing for their liquor license.

This week local caterers will be able to apply for liquor licenses that would allow them to serve alcohol at private parties.

The Beckers are set to be the first applicants. The law was changed during the last state legislative session.

After Danville's by-the-drink vote last year, local caterers discovered that they couldn't apply for licenses to serve at functions in their own communities, but caterers from out of town, who already had licenses, could come into Danville and serve. The same would have been true for Harrodsburg.

Now, under the law, caterers that have a business space and do not operate a restaurant will be able to hold a license to sell to private parties. If they cater off-site, customers can either supply their own liquor or the Beckers can provide it. If the function is at Toy Box, then customers have to buy alcohol from the Beckers to serve.


Or, as Steve Becker pointed out, there could be no alcohol at all. The Beckers say that not being able to serve alcohol was never a problem for their business, and that the only reason they are applying for the license is as a service to their customers.

They will have to pay for an $800 license and then $250 every year in state taxes.

The caterers still won't be able to sell alcohol in dry areas, and they have to follow the rules in whatever town they work. The caterers have to have a public space, but it does not have to seat 100 people. But 70 percent of their revenue must come from food.

In Danville, restaurants must meet both the 100-seat and the 70 percent standards.

Danville City Commission will review the liquor ordinance July 26 to see what changes, if any, need to be made for catering licenses.

The Beckers said that they did a survey of their business records, and ran the idea past their coffee club first.

"We almost didn't apply," Steve Becker said.

"When you run a small business you have to look at every dollar you spend and make sure that every dollar is well spent," Mimi Becker said.

In the end they said they believed that it would be a good service to their customers. They have already run their public notice ad in The Advocate-Messenger, and plan to apply by Thursday.

There will be some readjusting for the business. Already they've had to install cabinets where they can lock up the spirits.

The law only allows it to be unlocked whenever there is a function.

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