fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Minnesota restaurants seeking to do to-go sales of alcohol amid shutdown

Restaurants have been among the hardest hit businesses due to lockdowns which many states have put in place. Some states have however  taken steps to create more favorable conditions for restaurants to operate. The states of california, Illinois, New Hampshire, Maryland, Texas as well as the cities of washington D.C and Atlanta have allowed to-go alcohol sales.  The state of New York announced it would allow restaurants to deliver alcohol, but only with food. Similarly in Washington, customers must have food along with their order, and alcohol also be picked up curbside.

Restaurants in Minnesota are however missing this option. Alcoholic drinks constitute 30 to 50 percent of sales at some restaurants. This presents a significant chunk of lost revenue if restaurants don’t offer alcohol delivery in these conditions. This is why efforts are being taken to push for temporary amendments on Minnesota’s state alcohol sales laws. For Instance, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) is  seeking to push for temporary amendments to the state alcohol laws mainly impacting breweries. And Lauren Voight, of Minnesota Uncorked,  started a petition to to be sent to Governor Walz which would allow restaurants to make to-go sales.  The petition has so far garnered so much support.

The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association expressed its support for a temporary to-go measure in a March 23 open letter to Walz. It also suggested guidelines for the program, including requirements that alcohol be sold only in closed, prepackaged containers and that sales be limited to beer and wine only, not hard alcohol. The MLBA also suggests limits on how much beer or wine a customer can order.

Considering the great burden that restaurants are in, loosening delivery laws could be a salve especially after the recent executive stay at home order that has been issued. Restaurants would be able to make up for lost sales, potentially reduce job losses for the time being and improve their chances of staying in business.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota: St. Cloud

    Location: St. Cloud

    Sign up HERE! Courtyard by Marriott St. Cloud 404 West Saint Germain Street St. Cloud, MN, 56301 Please join Center of the American Experiment on Tuesday, July 21 for breakfast with Center policy fellow and education expert Catrin Wigfall as she explains K-12 education in the state and its persistent disparities despite decades of increased spending. Following her presentation, Catrin will lead a Q&A session. 7:30 AM Check In and Breakfast 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude   Catrin Wigfall is a Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She is also the director of EducatedTeachersMN and EmployeeFreedomMN. Catrin’s…

    Register Now
  • Kristi Noem: The Courage to Reject a Shutdown

    Location: Online

    Sign up HERE! Join us Wednesday, July 8th for an interview with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem over Zoom. In response to COVID-19, Noem defied the norm of a statewide shutdown and let South Dakotans choose for themselves what safety precautions to take. Tune in to this live online event to hear how Governor Noem preserved her state’s economy while still keeping citizens safe. Wednesday, July 8th at Noon CT Sign up HERE!  

    Register Now
  • Morning in Minnesota: Marshall

    Location: Marshall Golf Club

      Sign up for this event HERE! Please join Center of the American Experiment on Thursday, July 16 at Marshall Golf Club for a breakfast with Center economist, John Phelan, as he discusses Minnesota’s economic future. Following his presentation, John will lead a Q&A session. 7:30 AM Check In and Breakfast 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude John Phelan is a graduate of Birkbeck College, University of London, where he earned a BSc in Economics, and of the London School of Economics where he earned an MSc. He worked in finance for ten years before becoming a professional economist. He…

    Register Now