June 1, 2015




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Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act

The Illinois House passed a bill late last week called the Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act, which would institute several changes to restaurants, bars and other liquor license holders in the state.  Today, it passed the Senate.


For starters, it would signal the return of "Happy Hour" (reduced drink prices for a limited part of the day) which was banned in 1989 for fears of promoting binge drinking.  Under the proposed bill, establishments could offer discounted alcohol up to four hours each day and 15 hours total per week. Some limitations would remain in place, such as volume discounts (2-for-1) and  would ban discounts after 10pm.


The bill would also allow businesses to offer food and alcohol pairings as well as house-infused spirits, two practices that are both currently banned.


On top of that, it would mandate that Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) be mandatory for all pourers and servers.  The BASSET program is intended to train servers to identify the signs of intoxication and curb sales to underage and legally intoxicated patrons.  We have a state-approved BASSET training course called Responsible Alcohol Management Practices - click here for more info.  Our next class is scheduled for June 9th, in Alton.  


The next step for the bill is obtaining Governor Rauner's signature.  Given his pro-business agenda, it is not expected to encounter any further obstacles.  So the only question would then be how soon it would be implemented.  


What are your thoughts on the return of Happy Hour to Illinois?  What about mandatory liquor training for on-premises servers?  Please share your thoughts on our Facebook page.



BDI Value Added Benefits: Liquor Training

As noted above, Illinois is on the verge of implementing mandatory liquor training for many of it's nearly 26,000 liquor licensees and their employees.  Our liquor training program is a state-approved BASSET course that would satisfy the soon-to-be new requirements.  Each course is approximately 3 hours long and certifies sellers and servers for a period of 3 years.  

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