COLUMBUS — JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control announced Monday (May 11)a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants is available to defray the cost of restocking high-proof spirituous liquor.
Beginning in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permits for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies. Permit holders must register to be eligible for the rebate.
“The liquor rebate for Ohio’s bars and restaurants is part of ongoing efforts to support Ohio businesses during the COVID-19 crisis,” J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and chief investment officer, said in a news release. “Because JobsOhio’s business model is unlike any other in America, we have had the unique capability to commit up to $300 million for similar initiatives since mid-March to help Ohioans when it is needed most.”
The Liquor Rebate Program is part of a broad directive from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to assist businesses as they navigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know this has been an uncertain time for Ohio bars and restaurants,” Sherry Maxfield, director of the Department of Commerce, said. “We hope this brings some relief as they plan for reopening. Our team and agency partners will continue to find ways to ease some of the burden.”There are more than 13,600 eligible permits in Ohio, totaling $6.8 million in potential rebates available to bars and restaurants. To view qualifying permits and to register for the liquor rebate program, visit Wholesale.OHLQ.com.