Local business busted, Cephas continues to ramp up efforts to hold nuisance establishments accountable

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., continues to ramp up efforts to crack down on nuisance liquor establishments after a stop-and-go was recently cited for violations in her community.

“Stop-and-go’s are putting our neighborhood, more specifically our youth, in danger,” Cephas said. “It’s time that we continue our efforts in going after bad actors by doing everything in our power to hold these establishments accountable for breaking the law.”

According to the Bureau of Liquor Control and Enforcement, Cold Beer at 5937 Market St. is accused of:

  • Selling alcohol to minors
  • Having an expired health license
  • Not having proper smoking signage
  • Having a Restaurant Liquor License without having the required serving area of at least 400 square feet available for use and accommodation to the public

Cephas said she is standing with her Democratic colleagues in Philadelphia by cosponsoring House Bill 1547, which would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. 

Cephas has also continued to fight alongside her colleagues in the House and Senate by hosting public hearings, town halls, and supporting legislation established in the fiscal code by state Sens. Sharif Street and Vincent Hughes, calling for the Liquor Control Board to immediately suspend the license of those establishments that do not meet requirements under the liquor code.

After inspection, those liquor license holders who do not meet license requirements (minimum seating, square footage, food, and health license certificates) upon inspection by the liquor board, would have their licenses suspended until they can show proof to the Liquor Control Board that they have addressed all issues and are eligible to be licensed.

“Our efforts as the Philadelphia Delegation shows progress in addressing nuisance establishments, and this legislation is our best chance at eliminating these harmful alcoholic stores,” Cephas said. “Just as important, though, is making sure the stop-and-go establishments answer for their wrongdoing in order to send a message to those still in operation across the city that this type of business won’t be tolerated.”