Bottoms Up! Take-out alcohol is now legal in Texas
Great news for lovers of take-out liquor in Lone Star State, Governor Abbott has made it permanent. So go get those margins.
In March, when the pandemic brought the U.S. economy to a screeching halt, many states began trying to find ways to help local businesses stay afloat. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an exemption allowing restaurants and bars to offer alcoholic beverages to accompany food orders.
The move was a huge success in the state, and many companies applauded the move and wanted it to become permanent. In January, Governor Abbott announced he would move forward to make the take-out alcohol exemption permanent for the state.
This week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the House Bill 1024 which allows restaurants and bars with mixed drink permits and on-site kitchens to sell alcohol with pickup and delivery orders, per Eater. The bill received overwhelming support in the state as a measure that will continue to help the Texas economy. The Texas House of Representatives approved the 144-1 legislation and the Texas Senate approved by a 30-1 vote by the Texas Tribune.
This is great news for bars and restaurants that struggled and continued to struggle during the pandemic. Texas isn’t the first state to legalize takeout alcohol. Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Montana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia have all already legalized take-out alcohol, making Texas the 10th state to do so by Distilled spirirts.