Beer, wine to be served at Pasquerilla


Alberto Vanhecke

Shades of Bublé, a three-man tribute to Michael Bublé, performed at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center last Wednesday. At the event, beer and wine were served for the first time.

Tyler McNulty, News Editor

When Sodexo General Manager Kevin Dicey came to Pitt-Johnstown, university officials wanted him to obtain a liquor license for the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Dicey said getting the license took over a year and the process was difficult.

“(The license) is in my name, so I had to get a full background check,” Dicey said.

Dicey declined to reveal the permit’s total cost.

However, the application for a performing arts liquor license lists the costs.

“The fees for a new public venue license (is a) $700 application filing fee and (a) $700 license fee. While the fee for a new performing arts license (is) $700 application filing fee and (a) $675 license fee,” the application states.

The application also states that performing arts centers liquor licenses can be used in halls or theaters in which live musical, concert, dance, ballet and legitimate play book-length productions are performed.

A Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board document also states that a performing arts facility employees are only allowed to sell alcoholic beverages two hours before and one hour after any performance at the facility.

The document also defined a performing arts facility.

“The facility must have seating for at most 2,500 people in order for it to be eligible for licensing (if the facility is for profit),” the document said.

The Pasquerilla center’s main stage can seat 1,000 people, and its Black Box Theater can seat 200 people.

Dicey, however, said that the Pasquerilla’s liquor license is a performing arts events license, and it’s valid only for Johnstown Symphony Orchestra events.

During the events, only beer and wine will be served, according to Dicey.

He said that last Wednesday was the first time the license was used for the Shades of Bublé concert.

“(The bar was) only going to be open for about an hour,” Dicey said.