Tag archive


California could see to-go cocktails legalized under new bill

in Business
Vanessa Miranda, left, and Molly Lomenzo pick up cocktails at the window at Dukes Spirited Cocktails on the Healdsburg plaza on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Sen. Bill Dodd is bringing a bill to make the sale of to-go cocktails with take-out and delivery food orders state law, as opposed to just a special pandemic rule from state regulators. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

One of the few liberties gained by Californians during the pandemic — ordering cocktails to go from bars and restaurants — could be enshrined in state law under a new bill in consideration at the state Legislature.

Local bar and restaurant owners credit carry-out food and drink orders with helping to prop up their struggling business amid the coronavirus pandemic, as cities in Sonoma County and across the state loosened open-carry and consumption rules to allow adults to enjoy their beverages in plazas and parks.

State Sen. Bill Dodd says his proposal, SB 389, introduced Feb. 11, is another “shot in the arm” for the beleaguered food and beverage industry, which has endured deep job losses, furloughs and closures amid local and statewide limits on in-person service.

“This bill all on its own is no silver bullet,” said Dodd, D-Napa, whose district includes southeastern Sonoma County. “But … there will be hopefully a nice patchwork quilt of bills that will be meaningful to the restaurant industry and help them increase their sales and revenue well into the future.”

Continue Reading on Pressdemocrat

Go to Top