Last Saturday night in Orlando’s Milk District, I kept hearing the words “liquor license”. Also, I saw the words posted on Facebook. Why those words popped up recently? The Peacock Room, one of my favorite drinking spots, may be closing. The Peacock Room thrives in the Mills 50 District.
Saturday night, those with “inside information” talked scarcity of full liquor licenses. Florida Law allows liquor licenses according to an area’s population. As the population increases, the more licenses allowed.
Gaining a liquor license happens two main ways. First is the quota license, intended for liquor-only establishments. Quotas are offered once a year during a lottery. Second is something called SRX, intended for restaurants. For SRX, more than fifty-one percent of a restaurant’s sales must be non-alcoholic.
Those with “inside information” said The Peacock Room’s buyer or buyers is after the liquor license. This because of liquor license scarcity.
Remembering personal past incidents, I always suspect most “insiders” to be full of shit, folks who enjoy running off at the mouth on things they lack knowledge off. Many times, I found “inside knowledge” false. Still, who knows? “Insiders” may be right this time. Yet, the real positive thing out of this? If it weren’t for “insiders”, I wouldn’t have thought about Florida liquor license laws. Just like many readers of this blog post, I now possess new knowledge on the subject.
UPDATE: I have just been informed of Florida’s 4Cop License. This pertains to establishments selling booze for both both on-site and off-site purposes, places like Wally’s. Just like the quota, 4Cop is gained through an annual lottery,