Liquor License Change Designed To Spur Growth

A new brewpub planned in the heart of Williston will have the city’s first-ever ‘Microbrew Pub’ liquor license.
That’s one of 12 liquor license types set up in Williston’s newly-adopted ordinance governing the sale of beer, wine, and liquor.

City Administrator David Tuan says the new system provides a more realistic view of the changing types of establishments in the city.

(David Tuan, Williston City Administrator) “We’re poised to accept and entertain new kinds of business. And existing businesses are no longer stuck within a category that maybe doesn’t quite fit them but was required in the past.”

The new ordinance removes the limit on the number of liquor licenses available in the city.
That caused concern among some license holders who fear the value of their licenses will drop.
Tuan says accommodations were made for what are known as ‘legacy license’ holders.

(David Tuan, Williston City Administrator) “Those who had that limited license already in their possession still have the ability to sell it. They can either sell it to an incoming business or somebody else – they can transfer it – and they also get the added benefit of a waiving of renewal fees for three to fifteen years.”

Tuan says the new ordinance means Williston can offer all liquor-related businesses a fee that’s appropriate with what they sell.
 

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