Food-Primary Licence (Restaurants)
The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch issues food-primary licences to businesses (restaurants) where the service of food, as opposed to liquor, is the primary focus of the business.
Licensed restaurants may serve any kind of liquor. However, a full range of appetizers and main courses must be available and being served, whenever liquor is available. (Restaurants with 50 or more seats only may apply to have a small, separate lounge area where they can serve liquor without food.)
Restaurants may remain open 24-hours-a-day, but liquor service after midnight requires Liquor Control and Licensing Branch and local government approval. Minors are allowed in all food-primary establishments.
Businesses not eligible for a food-primary licence include:
restaurants in mall food fairs
restaurants that do mostly take-out service
stand-alone banquet rooms without fully equipped kitchens, and
mobile food providers, such as hot-dog vendors.
Steps to take to get a food-primary licence?