A study by the restaurant research firm Technomic confirms a recent trend:
It pays to have a liquor license. (Apropos of the South Philly BYOB Fond, which moves to larger, liquor-licensed digs this week.)
Sales of alcohol in the United States increased in 2011 and will continue to rise, according to the study, published today in Nation's Restaurant News.
Technomic's 2012 BarTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report showed that sales of beer, wine, and spirits in restaurants increased 4.9 percent in 2011, reaching $93.7 billion. This figure is trending up for 2012 and 2013.