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June 2015

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Mixologist of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association’s Mixologist of the Month

June 2015: Renee Byrnes

Signature Cocktail:
Long Island Iced Tea
1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Gin
1 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Silver Tequila 1/2 oz. Triple Sec 1/2 oz. Cola, or to taste Lemon Garnish

As a young adult, Renee Byrnes frequented a neighborhood bar where over time; she got to know the owners. As time went on, they tried to talk Renee into working for them. She explained that she knew nothing about bartending, but of course, they taught her every- thing she needed to know. In no time at all, Renee found the job of her dreams! Not only does she get to meet new people everyday, but she also enjoys giving good service to regulars and newbies alike.

Renee’s best words of advice for bartenders and mixologists; “Have fun and care about your job. People are in your hands and it’s your position to serve them responsibly and to entertain them as well. Just have fun with it!” Having been at The New Valley Tavern for ten years, Renee has had the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about some of her favorite customers. They ask each other for advice and have managed to form life-long friendships. Please be sure to stop by The New Valley Tavern the next time you’re in Plymouth Meeting. Ask Renee for her famous Long Island Iced Tea!

The New Valley Tavern
1013 Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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Legislator of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month

June 2015: Senator Rich Alloway (R)
Majority Caucus Secretary
Vice Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee

Senator Rich Alloway has proven to be an important advocate to the industry since joining the Senate in 2008. He gained crucial experience about this industry from his previous position as Executive Director of your association. His knowledge of your businesses has been crucial in communicating to his colleagues how a proposal may look on paper versus how it plays out in the reality of daily business for Pennsylvania licensees. His intervention and aid on our behalf has been invaluable and rock solid.While Rich is well-versed in our issues, he has proven to be an excellent legislator for his constituents and a successful member of the PA Senate. He has quickly risen from freshman Senator to Majority Caucus Secretary, a respected leadership position. He also serves as the Vice Chair of Senate Law & Justice committee which oversees all alcohol/licensee related bills in the Senate. It is the privilege of the PA Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association to honor Senator Rich Alloway. One of our own that continues to make a difference for Commonwealth licensees.

Industry Happenings:
I have not remembered a time that so many changes have been made to the industry without legislation. First, the PLCB announced that your businesses are now able to deliver up to 2 six-packs to customers, but then continued with the shocking 12-pack for Distributors ruling. While the delivery for retail licensees will help those that have that business model, the 12-pack decision impacts your tier of the industry with a broader brush. I have repeatedly stated in the press, in session, and Senate hearings that if a change happens in one tier then an equal change must happen in all tiers with package reform. Having the smaller packages available for off-premise consumption was a part of your license value. I am advocating to restore that lost value. Increasing what you can sell out the door, saving business revenue on inventory, and making your day-today life easier with needed liquor code changes would help restore balance and license values in our 3-tiered system. All of our PA businesses are important and the state should not hinder any of our employers unilaterally!

Tavern Games:
Tavern Games has been a priority of mine. The amount of revenue these games produce successfully for licensees in other states and the Commonwealth is a win/win for business and the state budget. The first Tavern Games bill passed in 2013. It was a great way to get the door open to legalized gaming in your places. However, the logistics of it spread between 3 state agencies proved to be over-expensive and way too burdensome in paperwork and time. That’s why I introduced Senate Bill 667 this session and intend to see commonsense improvements made to the Tavern Games law this year!

My changes:

– Increase Licensee keep to 45%
– Add new games like “Night at the Races”
– End FBI Background Check requirement
– Lower annual fee to $500
– Takes Risk and Citations Away from Liquor License
– One Annual Report

These changes will lower fees dramatically; increase profits substantially, and gets rid of the threat on your license while providing many more options of games to entertain your patrons. Commonwealth licensees deserve the ability to play in the state’s gambling world the same as any other licensed establishment!

 Your Association:
The PA Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association is truly a great resource to its’ members and the legislature.

Your Harrisburg team is in direct contact with the legislature and tirelessly working to promote your businesses and contributions to the state. As members, you should be proud of the good work your group has been able to accomplish by securing wins for your business and by beating down bad legislation that negatively affects your businesses.

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Member of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage Association Member of the Month

June 2015: Joe Cicala
Busty’s Tavern: An Upper Darby Staple Since 1936

Business History
To say that Joe Cicala has always been in the industry is understatement. Joe’s grandfather, Sebustiano, an Italian immigrant originally opened Busty’s Tavern back in 1936 and since then, it has been a family-run establishment. After grow- ing up in Busty’s and doing everything from dishwasher to bar-back, Joe attended college at Widener University. After graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Joe found himself working at various restaurants as a chef and finally in 1995, started working for his father again at Busty’s.

About the Business
Learning everything from his father, Jack, Joe took on the management position at the Tavern and for years has worked to improve the business. Having been expanded to the adjoining building years earlier, Busty’s has seen a number of improvements and renovations over the years. After Jacks passing in 2004, Joe took over the business and has been able to insure that Busty’s continues to be the “best little bar in Delco,” having increased the beer selection and events within the community.

Giving Back
After being welcomed into the community with open arms all those years ago, the Cicala’s have always been a family that gave back to their neighbors. Some of the favorite charities over the years include the Highland Park Fire Company, the Highland Park Kirklyn Athletic Association (HPKAA), and St. Lawrence Elementary School. HPKAA was a youth sports recreational league formed in 1960. Busty’s was the very first business sponsor of the organization and received an award in 2010 for 50 years of continuous support of the organization. Joe, in keeping with his father’s memory and his grandfather’s wisdom, continues to annually support St. Lawrence, HPKAA, Highland Park Fire Company and numerous other charities through the Jack Busty’s Charity Memorial Golf Event. Joe organized this annual event and since 2004 has raised over $138,000.00. Be sure to stop by this historical neighborhood establishment the next time you pass through Upper Darby!

Busty’s Tavern
8013 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, PA 19082
Delaware County
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