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RACHEL LEATHE/CHRONICLE Bartender Ashlyn Brooks pours of Jack Daniels for a photo on Oct. 13 at Ted's Montana Grill. Some local businesses are concerned that the current liquor license system is unfair to small establishments.

The Montana Department of Revenue this week announced the winners of several alcohol licenses, including four in the Bozeman and Belgrade area.

Seven total licenses were available for the current drawing. Winners now have up to 60 days to submit applications for the specific licenses.

Peter J Sclafani and Burgard 25, LLC won the Bozeman/Belgrade all-beverage floater licenses, which can be transferred to a new location outside of the quota area.

FMK, Inc., a business registered to David Weiss of Bozeman, won the area’s city beer license.

Cosmic Pizza, Inc., the corporation behind Bozeman’s popular Cosmic Pizza, won the area’s restaurant beer and wine license.

The statewide system has long been criticized for inflating the licenses’ value and prohibiting the growth of smaller restaurants and bars. The average price of licenses bought and sold in Gallatin County is roughly $320,000.

Critics also argue that Bozeman and Belgrade, which are currently considered a single quota area, should be separated.

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