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Bars, restaurants, and hotels to get licensing fees waived

Governor Wolf announced that fees for legally serving alcohol will be waived next year, in an attempt to help bars, restaurants, and hotels stay afloat in one of the most difficult years in history for the hospitality industry.

While the move will help keep some money on-hand for small business owners, some feel it doesn’t go far enough. John Longstreet, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association is one such critic. He says the move will save the average business about $1,500 next year -- hardly enough to keep the lights for a year.

Instead, Mr. Longstreet suggests changing the rules during COVID to allow businesses to operate more freely. 

Others, like Chris Bonfili, owner and chef at Bonfire Food and Drink on the South Side, say it’s a “nice gesture,” but stress that it’s obviously not enough. Read their full commentary and more at the full article by the Post Gazette

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