The Yorktowne Hotel has regained a liquor license.
The Yorktowne Hotel has regained a liquor license. (Bill Kalina)

The Yorktowne Hotel has secured a liquor license after operating as a BYOB for months because of an oversight made during a change in ownership.

Manager Rick Cunningham said hotel management and staff are pleased and excited to have secured the liquor license "just in time" for the huge crowd expected to gather downtown Friday, which is York's Bike Night.

The hotel, at 48 E. Market St., will be able to serve beer, wine and liquor in the same capacity as it had before its previous liquor license expired Feb. 28.

Operating as a BYOB had been a struggle for the upscale hotel's guests and staff, he said. Patrons were accustomed to purchasing alcohol for weddings and other events hosted there, as well as through room service and the hotel's two restaurants, Off Center Grill and the semi-private AAA Four-Diamond-rated Commonwealth Room.

"The typical hotel guest coming in from out of town isn't carrying a bottle in his suitcase, so we've lost a lot of business," he said. "It has also been difficult for staff because they're tipped employees and the revenue we had been enjoying dropped. It has been a major problem for us, and a major problem for our brides (who have gotten married at the hotel)."

Cunningham said the inactive license resulted from an oversight during the transfer of ownership when Starwood Capital purchased the historic hotel from its former owner, York Hotel Group, during a sheriff's sale in February 2012.

The historic hotel has served alcohol since opening a bar after the Prohibition ended in 1933.