Minnesota is closer to passing a bill allowing restaurants to sell alcohol to-go

On Thursday, April 16th, the Minnesota senate passed legislation that would allow alcohol to-go sales by restaurants with liquor licenses. The bill is supposed to be voted on today in the house before being sent to Governor Walz, who has indicated that he would sign the proposal into law if passed by the legislature. This bill if passed will of course be a big step in ensuring businesses gain some edge on acquiring what would otherwise be lost business.

Over the past couple of weeks people and certain groups have signed petitions asking Governor Walz to consider making temporary amendments to Minnesota liquor licensing laws. The petitions have garnered so much support which shows if the amendment passes it will be welcomed by consumers. There is definitely a good chance the bill will pass in the house as indicated by House speaker Melissa Hortman.

The Minnesota Bill

The Minnesota bill includes provisions allowing restaurants to sell malt liquor wine with a food take out order subject to the following limitations;

(1) any sale of malt liquor and wine is made in conjunction with and is incidental to the sale of prepared food for take-out

(2) the alcoholic beverages are sold in their original, unopened packaging;

(3) no more than 72 ounces in total of malt liquor, hard seltzer, and cider; and 750 milliliters of wine may be sold per prepared food take-out order;

(4) the qualifying licensee must confirm that the person picking up the prepared food take-out order is at least 21 years of age as provided by Minnesota Statutes,section 340A.503, subdivision 6; and

(5) the qualifying licensee must notify the insurer providing the coverage required by Minnesota Statutes, section 340A.409, that it is making off-sales under this section.

All licensees must follow any other rules regarding off-sale liquor consistent with the bill. Additionally, the bill does not authorize delivery of alcoholic beverages and is set to expire when the closure of restaurants also expires or if any other subsequent order terminates it.