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Dining News: Bacon & Butter Prohibited From Selling Alcohol


When I first visited Bacon & Butter in their opening weeks, I had a refreshing mimosa to go with my breakfast. But it turns out, what they were doing may not have been technically legal, admits Bacon & Butter on their Facebook Page.

Due to recent restrictions implemented by ABC B&B will no longer be serving alcohol. However, in addtiton to the ginger beer we now serve, we will expand our drink menu to include in-house espresso, delicious milk shakes and craft sodas created by chef/owner Bill Zoellin.

They later clarified the post.

Without getting into too many details, we share a location with barfly and they hold the liquor license. we are not aloud to sell alcohol without our own license.

I did a little original reporting on this. On the Alcohol and Beverage Control Web site, you can search for licenses. It confirms that at Bacon & Butter's address, there's only one liqour license (Type 47, which is the kind that restaurants need to serve wine, beer and hard alcohol) and that's for Midtown Barfly, the nighttime occupants of the space.

I contacted ABC Spokesperson John Carr, and in an e-mail, he explained that the number of liqour licenses available are determined by the population of a county. Currently, Sacramento county is maxed out, and it won't have additional liquor licenses to sell until 2,000 new residents relocate into our county. In addition, even if one were available from the county, it would cost $13,800. However, without "new" licenses available, Bacon & Butter would have to buy one from an existing license holder.

A quick search shows some on sale for about $25,000.

I don't have any insight into Bacon & Butter's finances, but I can't imagine that that kind of money the owner can find in his couch cushions.

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