your biggest concern is the liquor license, if you don’t have it when you plan to locate, it won’t matter
and yes, he can request you sign a lease at any time for any period of time he chooses, he is offering to you the space and he expects rent from the date of the lease
he doesn’t have to give you time to get your business in order, actually you may not be able to complete it and then you have a lease you have to pay out but not occupy the location
get your ducks in a row first

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