Georgia General Assembly passes cocktails-to-go bill
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that allows restaurants to offer cocktails to-go with food orders. SB 236 is on its way to Governor Brian Kemp’s office to be signed.
The Georgia Restaurant Association introduced and vouched for the bill to help restaurants recover lost sales due to the pandemic. GRA president & CEO Karen Bremer says that allowing to-go cocktails helps struggling restaurants keep their doors open.
Local governments have the option to opt-out of this allowance in their code of ordinance.
If allowed, restaurants will be able to serve to-go cocktails under these rules:
- The individual picking up the order is of legal age
- Cocktails must be served in tamper-proof, sealed packaging
- Cocktails must not contain more than three (3) ounces of distilled spirits
- Must be prepared by a restaurant employee on the day of sale
- No more than two (2) mixed drinks per adult entrée order
- Must include a sales receipt with a time stamp on the to-go order
- Must confirm that the order is for personal consumption, not third-party delivery/delivery service