Is There Life After a Liquor License?

September 18, 2016

Two years ago, Chef Andrew Kochan reached a crossroads.

Along with his Marigold Kitchen colleague, Chef Tim Lanza, Kochan had the opportunity to purchase the 70-year-old Philadelphia establishment. 

In itself, that was a simple decision.

The Marigold Kitchen had emerged as a culinary treasure in the City of Brotherly Love, termed a “venerable dining room” by Zagat, and boasted a reputation few available-for-purchase restaurants could ever match.

There was, however, one hang-up: The upscale restaurant did not have a liquor license. 

“We could afford the business or the liquor license, but not both,” Kochan recalls.

While many full-service restaurateurs would