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Restaurant License Auction

Eighth Auction of Expired Restaurant Licenses Now Open – Bids Due March 25

An invitation for bids is now open for the award of 25 expired restaurant licenses in the eighth license auction since Act 39 became effective in August 2016.

This auction, which will again use a sealed bid process, includes one license in each of the following 25 counties: Berks, Blair, Bucks, Clearfield, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Sullivan, Venango, Wayne and Westmoreland.

Bids for the 25 licenses offered in this restaurant license auction are due by noon Monday, March 25. Bids will be opened Thursday, March 28, and auction winners will be determined soon thereafter.

The minimum bid for each license is $25,000, and each bid must be accompanied by a bid surety of $5,000 or 5 percent of the total bid amount – whichever is higher – to avoid frivolous and underfunded bids.

Bidders with questions regarding this invitation for bids must submit inquiries via email to by noon Monday, Feb. 11. Questions and answers will be posted to the Department of General Services e-marketplace website by 3:00 PM Thursday, Feb. 14.

Lists of winning bids from each of the seven previous auctions can be viewed through the links to the right.