Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bars Per Capita: Pittsburgh is #1

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A city that's number one for bars per capita and number two for pizza places?  Clearly we've found Shangri-la, and it is on the banks of the might Monongahela.  Why Pittsburgh?:

"My gut is that we are skewed because the geographic area of the 'city' of Pittsburgh is very small," Mr. Joyce said. "A couple of miles from Downtown in any direction and you're out of Pittsburgh. So the concentration of pizza spots in Pittsburgh neighborhoods and entertainment spots — think South Side or the Strip (District) — make our numbers look more impressive than perhaps they really are."

R.J. O'Hara of Flaherty & O'Hara P.C., a Downtown law firm that specializes in liquor licenses, also noted the city's population has declined steadily over the last several decades, likely sending that ratio higher.

Another factor is Pennsylvania's unique take on its liquor license system. "Liquor licenses have a value associated with them, and they're treated like an asset so it makes sense for someone to hold on to them. They're lienable," Mr. O'Hara said. "It's not like that in other states."

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