Lawsuit Filed Over Liquor License at Garces Trading Co.

Restaurant owners say "Oh, hell no" to deal with the PLCB.

By Jenny DeHuff
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While the defendants in the CROLF lawsuit stand button-lipped, it remains to be seen whether the state’s newfound interest in the hospitality industry will become contagious.

“The governor has seven months left,” says Donatucci. “It’s not worth the battle for that amount of time. I just hope when the new governor comes in, he’s more receptive that it’s not a good idea.” ■

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1. William DeHuff said... on Jun 30, 2010 at 06:28AM

“Great article, Jenny,
Keep up the good work!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jun 30, 2010 at 08:42AM

There are a lot of broad, unsupported statements in this article. It implies that the wine being sold is cheaper than what is sold in other state stores, which is false from my understanding. Anyone (and I have) can walk in, buy wine, and take it to another restaurant. It is literally just another store to buy wine in this hood, and while it's most convenient for someone who wants to eat at GTC, it actually HELPS other BYOBs by providing another outlet to buy wine. And as for those restos that "pay dearly for liquor licenses", this Garces location doesn't reap the benefits of alcohol sales like places that SELL alcohol. Much ado about absolutely nothing, except people trying to maintain the status quo. Tough.

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3. Consuelo said... on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:25PM

“This is just a few sore losers. Tough luck. Pennsylvania and PA restaurants need this to happen one way or another. Nothing to see here. Moving on.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Jun 30, 2010 at 12:32PM

Why not just get rid of the PLCB? When you add up their inflated prices, rude customer service, awful hours of operation, plus the ridiculous 8% sales tax; it makes sense to drive 10 minutes across the bridge to Jersey. Or drive 1/2 hour to Delaware -- with more selection, lower prices, and no sales tax.

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5. Anonymous said... on Jun 30, 2010 at 01:48PM

The article doesn't suggest that wine can be purchased cheaper than at other state stores - but at other nearby restaurants.
I am all for changing the liquor laws in this state to make them less archaic but this does seem an unfair business practice on the part of the PLCB. I don't fault Garces in all of this, he saw a good opportunity and took it - as any good business man would.

Opening liquor stores in grocery stores is one thing - but grocery stores don't have table service, they aren't restaurants. GTP does have table service and is undoubtedly a restaurant.

The PLCB is now competing directly with its clients. Every restauranteur in the state has to buy their liquor from the PLCB and resell it. The PLCB can now partner with a famous chef and open a restaurant? Come on, this doesn't strike anyone as anticompetitive?

You can have a nice meal, apps and entrée and enjoy a nice glass $12 glass of wine at Tria or you can have the exact same experience at GTP but buy the whole bottle of the SAME wine at the same price that the restaurant paid.

If this trends the PLCB would (by all rights) have to either buy back all the liquor licenses or let licensees buy wine and liquor at a sizeable discount in order to allow existing restaurants to compete fairly.

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6. AVB said... on Jun 30, 2010 at 04:19PM

“You can tell by all the inane actions of the PLCB they don't have a clue how to run a $1.8 Billion business. Appointing political cronies to cush jobs is not anyway to get things done properly. The level of incompetence is absolutely astounding.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Jul 1, 2010 at 07:29AM

“Tria's owner David Kwass sues other restaurants and bars and then takes the money and opens Tria. That sounds parasitic to me and is the reason I Boycott Tria. Look at him brag here about suing other bars for millions”

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8. oenophile said... on Jul 1, 2010 at 07:42AM

“Hey anonymous, what a huge lie ..."You can have a nice meal, apps and entrée and enjoy a nice glass $12 glass of wine at Tria " Since when? Tria's food tastes like a highschool cafeteria and they serve their stale wines 20 degrees too warm and four times over their cost. TriaL is disgusting and can't handle competition”

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9. Anonymous said... on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:06AM

“^ i don't think that's the point of the post. your personal opinion on the quality of the restaurant doesn't detract from the overall message. feel free to substitute tria with any restaurant that doesn't offend your sensibilities.”


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