City Establishes Payment Plan for License


Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and the Pawtucket City Council are pleased to announce that, working closely with the RI 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 Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “After being approached by the RI 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.”

“We want to thank Mayor Grebien for his swift response in helping the many restaurants that are struggling right now,” said Dale J. Venturini, President & CEO, RI Hospitality Association. “In this economic climate, every dollar makes a difference and providing a payment plan for liquor-license renewal is extremely helpful to restaurant owners.”

The cost of the liquor license is $1,500, which normally would have to be paid in full by December 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 December 1, will reduce the financial pressure on these establishments during the renewal process,” said Grebien. “I thank the City Council and the RI 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 COVID pandemic.