Adding a bar to your business can definitely be a money-making proposition. Maybe you just want to make your nail salon more posh (and give waiting customers something to do), or maybe you want your restaurant to be known as the best place around for a “mimosa brunch.”
You can’t just add a bar to your business, however, without going through a few hoops. Here are some things that you have to consider before you even start:
Does the zoning allow you to have liquor?
You have to look at the zoning where your business is located to understand what you can do. Since local zoning can be complicated, make sure that you understand exactly what your zoning allows.
Does your lease permit you to serve alcohol?
Unless you own the building in which you operate, you have a commercial lease — and you may have some major restrictions on what you can do with your space. Don’t trust your memory! Review your lease carefully before you even consider adding a bar.
Can you get a license to serve liquor?
You have to apply for a liquor license with the Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control — but you need to start with your local municipality. It’s not unusual for there to be limits or “caps” on how many liquor licenses are permitted in a given area, so you need to know where you stand.
The addition of a bar can help your business attract new customers and grow, but you need to handle this complex process carefully. There are numerous legal issues that need to be considered — not just the application for your license.