Town Hall Spurs Discussion On New Jersey's Complex Liquor License System

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June 18, 2022


 Town Hall Spurs Discussion On New Jersey’s Complex Liquor License System
New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association hosts panel discussion

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Healthy debate about New Jersey’s liquor license system was on tap at a town hall event hosted by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association (NJRHA) at the Hilton East Brunswick on July 11.

More than 100 stakeholders from the restaurant and hospitality industry attended the event, which included guest speaker Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (LD 17) and a panel discussion moderated by Princeton Public Affairs Group founder Dale Florio.

The five-member panel represented different stakeholders impacted by the current system, including Bob Wagner, NJRHA Vice Chair & Managing Partner Braddock’s Tavern/Ott’s; Craig Kunisch, NJRHA Past Chair and Owner of Mahwah Bar & Grill and Allendale Bar & Grill; Ehren Ryan, Executive Chef/Owner of Common Lot; Jay Mahoney, Owner of Third State Brewery and President of the New Jersey Brewers Association; and Devon Perry, Executive Director of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

“The New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association represents a diverse landscape of food and beverage establishments,” NJRHA President Dana Lancellotti said. “Our Association has closely monitored how the liquor license system impacts stakeholders throughout the hospitality industry. Our goal with the town hall and future meetings on this topic is to encourage proactive discussion to better understand each other’s challenges and educate all of those involved so we can find smart pathways forward.” 

NJRHA will host its next town hall event in September. Details on the topic and location will be announced in the coming weeks.

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