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AGO Opinions with Topic: ON-PREMISE SALE OF LIQUOR ONLY TO PERSONS CONSUMING FOOD
AGO 1978 No. 27 >  October 25, 1978
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - WASHINGTON STATE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD - CITIES AND TOWNS - ON-PREMISE SALE OF LIQUOR ONLY TO PERSONS CONSUMING FOOD
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE ‑- WASHINGTON STATE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD ‑- CITIES AND TOWNS ‑- ON-PREMISE SALE OF LIQUOR ONLY TO PERSONS CONSUMING FOOD (1) The Washington State Liquor Control Board does not have the authority, under existing law, to restrict the on-premise sale of liquor by state licensees ". . . to customers who are seated at a table and also consuming food . . ." based upon a finding that a cocktail lounge or bar-type atmosphere would be compatible or disruptive to adjacent land uses.  (2) A city may not, in the exercise of its police power, impose conditions or restrictions upon restaurant liquor licensees limiting the service of liquor for on-premise consumption to seated customers consuming food because such an ordinance would conflict with certain provisions of the state liquor code.
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