Roosevelt Row's Tediberto's Has a Liquor License Problem
|The bar at Tediberto's during the early morning hours of Saturday, August 4.|
Becoming legally licensed to serve alcohol is already a complicated and time-consuming process. Carla Wade, who owns the nearby Carly's Bistro with her husband John Logan, says it takes anywhere from six months to a year to get a liquor license.
She estimates that the couple devoted around 20 hours per week for the better part of a year trying to nail down the license for Carly's and become legal to sell alcohol, which included dealing with bureaucratic red tape, coordinating with both state and municipal agencies, and making numerous renovations and alterations to the property.
Ira and Patricia Hayden, owners of Roosevelt Row art venue Gallery Celtica, are currently hip-deep in said process. The couple won a Series 7 liquor license, permitting the sale of beer and wine, back in May via a lottery held by Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.
Before they can transform their place into the Roosevelt Gallery and Bier House and pour their first glass of ale, Ira says the couple has to take care of numerous issues mandated by the City of Phoenix, such as ensuring the bathroom are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and possibly repaving the parking spaces behind the property.
"It's a very rigorous process that takes a lot of patience, effort, and time," Hayden says.
Because of all the effort it took for her restaurant to get properly licensed, Wade feels it's unfair for others who circumvent the process.
"For people who work hard to have a legal license and pay their taxes and do everything above board and work hard to achieve that and invest in that," Wade says. "I think it's unfair if someone tries to sell alcohol without going through the proper channels."
She also feels it's "not a good idea, on any level" to sell liquor illegally, as there are many consequences if caught.
"If you're serving alcohol unlicensed its just irresponsible, I think personally and [as] a businessperson," Wade says. "And then also, they're destroying any chances of a future license. They're jeopardizing their opportunity to have that."