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WAC 314-02-087

What is a spirits, beer, and wine theater license?

(1) A spirits, beer, and wine theater is a place of business where motion pictures or other primarily nonparticipatory entertainment or events are shown. The holder of a beer and wine theater license is allowed to sell spirits, beer, strong beer, and wine, at retail, for consumption on the licensed premises.
(2) The requirements for the spirits, beer, and wine theater license are as follows:
(a) The theater has no more than one hundred twenty seats per theater room.
(b) All servers of beer and wine are required to attend a mandatory alcohol server training (MAST) program.
(c) The serving size for spirits is one and one quarter ounce. The serving size for wine is five ounces. The serving size for beer is twelve ounces.
(d) There must be tabletop accommodations for in theater dining.
(e) If the theater premises will be frequented by minors an alcohol control plan agreement must be signed and submitted to the board during the application process.
(3) A spirits, beer, and wine theater licensee must serve at least eight complete meals. Establishments shall be maintained in a substantial manner as a place for preparing, cooking, and serving of complete meals.
(a) "Complete meal" means an entree and at least one side dish.
(b) "Entree" means the main course of a meal. Some examples of entrees are fish, steak, chicken, pork, pasta, pizza, hamburgers, seafood salad, Cobb salad, chef's salad, sandwiches, and breakfast items (as long as they include a side dish). Entrees do not include snack items, or menu items which consist solely of precooked frozen food that is reheated, or consist solely of carry-out items obtained from another business.
(c) Examples of side dishes are soups, vegetables, salads, potatoes, french fries, rice, fruit, and bread. Garnishes such as, but not limited to, pickles, salsa, and dips do not qualify as a side dish.
(d) The restaurant must maintain the kitchen equipment necessary to prepare the complete meals required under this section.
(e) The complete meals must be prepared on the restaurant premises.
(f) A chef or cook must be on duty while complete meals are offered.
(g) A menu must be available to customers.
(h) The food items required to maintain the menu must be on the restaurant premises. These items must be edible.
(4) The alcohol control plan agreement will be provided on a form by the board and includes the following requirements:
(a) Ensure that alcoholic beverages are not sold to persons under the age of twenty-one, staff will request identification from any patron who appears to be age thirty or under and who is attempting to purchase an alcoholic beverage.
(b) Alcoholic beverages must be served in containers that differ significantly from containers utilized for nonalcoholic beverages.
(c) All alcoholic beverages sold under this license must be sold by the individual drink.
(d) If staff observes a patron who is in the possession of or who is consuming an alcoholic beverage, who appears to be of questionable age, staff will request identification from that patron. If the patron is unable to produce an acceptable form of identification verifying their age, the alcohol will be confiscated.
(e) Staff will accept only those forms of identification that are acceptable per WAC 314-11-025 to verify a person's age for the purpose of selling, serving, or allowing a person to possess or consume alcohol.
(f) All employees involved in the sale, service, and/or supervision of alcoholic beverages will be required to attend MAST to obtain the appropriate permit for their level of service.
(g) Sufficient lighting must be maintained at the point of sale so that identification can be confirmed and patrons observed for signs of intoxication.
(h) To ensure alcoholic beverages are served in a safe, responsible, and controlled manner, sales and service of alcoholic beverages will be limited to one serving per person per transaction.
(i) If a patron is accompanied by another patron who wants to pay for both people's drinks, they may do so, provided that both patrons are of legal age to purchase, and have proper identification, if requested, and are not displaying signs of intoxication.
(j) Alcohol may only be sold, served, and consumed in areas designated in the alcohol control plan agreement and approved by the board.
(k) Staff will refuse to sell an alcoholic beverage to any person who appears to be intoxicated. Alcoholic beverages will be removed from any person who appears to be intoxicated.
(l) This alcohol control plan agreement will be prominently posted on the licensed premises.
(5) Penalties are doubled for a violation involving minors or the failure to follow the signed alcohol control plan agreement.
(6) If the theater premises has a restaurant located outside of the actual theater screening areas, spirits, beer, and wine may be served and consumed in the restaurant area.
(a) Spirits may be sold by the individual drink.
(b) Beer may be sold by the pitcher as well as by individual serving for consumption in the restaurant area.
(c) Wine may be sold by the bottle as well as by the individual serving for consumption in the restaurant area.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030. WSR 17-12-030, § 314-02-087, filed 5/31/17, effective 7/1/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 66.24.650 and 66.24.655. WSR 14-03-077, § 314-02-087, filed 1/15/14, effective 2/15/14.]
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