Senator Sparks Votes in Favor of Beer and Wine Sales with Restaurant Takeout

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Restaurants will be able to sell beer, wine, and cider with food takeout thanks to legislation passed Thursday, which will provide an immediate boost for hundreds of restaurants across the state who have lost revenue during COVID-19.

“Restaurants are a backbone of our communities and many of them are struggling right now, and we must do everything we can to help make sure they can survive during this crisis,” said Senator Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin). “This will provide an immediate boost for the family-owned restaurants across the state, who will now be able to maintain more people on staff and who will continue to get a paycheck. We must continue to identify how we can help small businesses stay open. I’m committed to working with my colleagues, the Governor, and businesses to continue developing ways we can safely and thoughtfully reopen our state’s economy and get Minnesotans back to work. We need to have plans in place for businesses to hit the ground running when they open back up while still protecting the health of Minnesotans.”

The bill allows establishments with on-sale liquor licenses to sell wine, beer, hard seltzer, and cider as off-sale in addition to their takeout food sales, for the duration of the peacetime emergency. Alcoholic beverage must be sold in the original, unopened packaging and must be limited to 72oz in total of beer, seltzer, and cider, and 750 milliliters of wine per order. Establishments must require proof of age, and municipalities may vote to prohibit these sales in their jurisdiction. Establishments that choose to partake in this must inform their insurance provider.

This authority would expire at the end of the peacetime emergency.

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Dan Sparks represents District 27, which includes all or portions of Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, and Steele counties in the southeastern part of the state.

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