Mask & Video Gaming Announcement

August 25, 2020   ILBA Member, Governor J.B. Pritker issued the below information today. We have underlined and put asterisks next to the paragraphs that specifically impact our members.  Please feel free to contact the ILBA with any questions. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2020 STATE OF ILLINOIS UDPATES SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR RESTAURANTS AND BAR…

America’s Dive Bars Face an Uncertain Future

Crowded, cramped, and a little wild, dive bars are at odds with social distancing-and struggling to reopen. Source: https://www.cntraveler.com/ BY LALE ARIKOGLU August 24, 2020 When Jimmy’s Corner temporarily closed its doors on March 13, it symbolized as much to New Yorkers as the shuttering of the Broadway theaters it shares a block with. The…

COVID19 – ADVOCATING FOR OUR MEMBERS

ILBA Members:   2020’s COVID19 has created a terrible hardship to the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) members and our industry.  The various virus numbers continue to climb in Illinois and across the USA. Some states have revoked liquor licenses while other states have completely halted all sales of on-premise adult beverages.  In Illinois, we…

NY Liquor Authority has pulled almost 150 licenses to date

Source: https://nypost.com/ By Bernadette Hogan August 17, 2020 Nearly 150 businesses in the state have lost their liquor licenses to date amidst a COVID-19 generated crackdown on bars and restaurants found in violation of social distancing guidance, the State Liquor Authority announced Monday. That includes 16 bars and restaurants in New York City and on…

Restaurants, bars complying with Langfelder’s executive order

by Matt Roy Monday, August 10th 2020 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Springfield Police and Fire Departments are now working to make sure everyone is complying with Mayor Jim Langfelder’s latest executive order by doing spot checks of local bars and restaurants. According to Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne, 95% of the establishments that inspectors went into this…

Reyes Beverage Group to Fold Windy City into Chicago Beverage Systems

Source: https://www.brewbound.com/ Justin Kendall Aug. 7, 2020 The Reyes Beverage Group announced plans today to merge operations of its Chicagoland wholesalers – Windy City Distributing and Chicago Beverage Systems – into one company by mid-October. “For the past eight years, CBS and Windy City have operated independent businesses servicing an overlapping territory with common customer…

Chicago Sun Times interviews Exec. Director Dan Clausner

Chicago Sun Times – August 3, 2020 By Rachel Hinton  Aug 3, 2020, 12:41pm CDT Suburban bars, restaurants asked to take voluntary steps to combat COVID-19 surge: ‘In the carrot stage, not the stick’ Bars, taverns and other places that serve alcohol without a retail food license are being asked to discontinue indoor service. Fitness classes in…

ABL Elects Officers for 2020-2022

ABL Elects Officers for 2020-2022 July 30, 2020 BETHESDA, MD – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) elected officers to two-year terms at the association’s 18th Annual Meeting in July.  Officers elected were Mat Dinsmore of Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colorado, Treasurer; Juan Negrin of Super Wine Warehouse in Paterson, New Jersey, Vice President…