City establishes payment plan for licenses

City establishes payment plan for licenses

PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket, Mayor Donald Grebien, and the City Council have announced that, working closely with the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, a payment plan will be established for restaurants who will be renewing their liquor licenses for another year.

“As we work our way through this COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember the many small businesses that have suffered greatly through this time. Among those businesses hardest hit are the many restaurants that were forced to close for many weeks,” said Grebien. “After being approached by the R.I. Hospitality Association, I believe that together we can provide a reasonable accommodation to assist these small businesses that are struggling to survive during this pandemic.”

The cost of the liquor license is $1,500, which normally would have to be paid in full by Dec. 1. The payment plan will provide more flexibility to the small businesses that have this license.

“Allowing the license holders to pay their annual fee in quarterly installments, with the first installment due on Dec. 1, will reduce the financial pressure on these establishments during the renewal process,” said Grebien. “I thank the City Council and the R.I. Hospitality Association for their assistance on this matter.”

Private clubs, whose liquor renewal fee is $500, will also be allowed to pay their fee in two installments to be paid semi-annually. Like restaurants, they have seen a sharp decline in their finances due to the pandemic.