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Saturday, February 7, 2015

You Gotta Love These States and Their Taxes

Last night, Pamela and I ate at a very small, unassuming restaurant in Bedford, PA.  If you are a foodie, then again even if you aren't a foodie, you have to go 10/09 Kitchen on Pitt Street. Wow, the food was amazing.  

The owners just got their liquor license and the bar just opened last night. Pamela and I challenged them with a French Martini (her) and a Maker's Mark Manhattan (me); both were great. Previously, they served only beer and wine, but you could bring your own bottle of wine and pay a corkage fee of $15, which is very reasonable.  Restaurants, especially in Cumberland, should consider a corkage fee.  You can buy some great wines for $23 a bottle, but not Pinot Noir. I don't mean to sound snooty, but that's a fact! 

Anyway, at 10/09 Kitchen you can bring your own bottle of wine; but after a recent visit by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the restaurant now has to ask for proof that the wine was purchased in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  You have to show your receipt to verify that you paid the PA liquor tax.  Without that verification by the restaurant, they could lose that newly attained, much coveted liquor license. And here I thought it was only the People's Republic of Maryland that had cornered the market on taxes and fees!  Rain tax, need I say more?

Again, you have to try 10/09 Kitchen as it will be well worth the trip. Reservations are required since the restaurant holds only 48 people.  Enjoy!

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