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By Brian Hess
Staff Writer 

Airport Authority Gets Liquor License

Alcohol Sales Strictly Limited to Airport Restaurant

 

February 6, 2020



The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority has obtained a liquor license for use at the airport’s restaurant.

La Fiesta Mexican Bar & Grille, located at the airport, is now permitted to serve alcohol to its customers, as the liquor license was received by the authority on Jan. 23.

There is a provision in the Pennsylvania Liquor Code that allows for the issuance of a liquor license to an airport authority only, without opening the entire township to liquor sales by other parties.

A similar provision is provided for golf courses and was used by Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring RR, to acquire a license for liquor sales at its facility in an otherwise dry township.

The airport authority’s use of the liquor license is strictly limited to property owned by the airport authority. The license cannot be transferred to another owner in the township, and it cannot be used off of the airport grounds.

The authority said it is important that the local airport be able to provide the amenities that travelers are accustomed to enjoying at the larger airports. Amenities include a restaurant offering alcoholic beverages.

The restaurant, which is open to the public, is in operation from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

 

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