Texas leaders recently extended a temporary lifeline to the state’s restaurants. Restrictions that previously barred businesses from offering alcohol alongside take-out and delivery orders were suspended — a welcome revenue stream for struggling restaurants and a fresh option for consumers. As the state begins to reopen, these changes should be made permanent. One in 10 Americans who currently utilize dine-out options from restaurants include alcohol with their orders. As consumers become more familiar with alcohol delivery options, these sales could multiply.
Restaurant delivery platforms already direct drivers to follow the protocols of the typical bartender to prevent alcohol misuse. Age verification via government issued ID is standard procedure. Enforcement of these protocols should be frequent and thorough.
Restaurant businesses are a staple of the Texas economy — responsible for $66 billion in activity every year. Extending alcohol to-go options indefinitely will give restaurants needed help to jump-start the Lone Star State’s recovery.
Jackson Shedelbower, Washington, D.C., American Beverage Institute communications director