As a barbershop owner, is it legal to serve complimentary alcoholic beverages to clients in New York?
My barbershop is located in Rochester, New York. I can't find any information backing whether it is legal or not to service complimentary alcoholic drinks to clients in the state of New York. I've heard it can be done but I would like to better understand the law, if there are license requirements, serving limits, etc.
I've never thought about that but well, it does seem to be a really good idea. A glass of Cumberland Falls Kentucky straight bourbon or something would definitely make me a happy customer who will get back next time. I suppose you will need a license but getting it should be a worthy investment imo. At least in my state, it works this way and I am not sure about how it is regulated in NY. This kind of business is all about regular customers and it's vital to use all the tools available to retain customers.
I decided to do the similar thing, it really seems to be a good customer retention tool and I am also concerned about the legal issues. I found some info on the web that confirms it's fine but Peter mentioned that it can lead to some issues and I want to figure out what those are.
Yes, it is legal, but in terms of business, you must avoid these kinds of activities in your outlet. Because sooner or later, it will create so many serious issues for you. So, I would advise you to stop doing if you are doing it continuously.