(Aug. 29/12) As part of its liquor modernization initiatives, British Columbia will no longer use its 50/50 food-to-liquor ratio to decide a foodservice establishment’s licence class. This policy change is good news for our food-primary licensed CRFA members.
What it means for you
Under the new policy, licence class determination will be left more up to the discretion of the inspector – which moves away from the restrictive food-to-liquor ratios that still exist in some provinces.
CRFA has consistently argued that a meal in a fine dining restaurant, for example, may not conform to the 50/50 food-to-liquor ratio due to expensive wines and other high-end liquor products on offer. Therefore, this ratio should not be used to determine if an establishment is food-primary (e.g. a restaurant) or liquor-primary (e.g. a pub).
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