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Cocktails to go would be legal in Wisconsin under bill

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 10:47 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bars and restaurants could sell cocktails and glasses of wine to go under a bill the state Assembly has approved.

The bipartisan measure has been pushed by bar and restaurant owners since the pandemic began as another way for struggling businesses to attract customers.

Bars and restaurants also have a higher profit margin on alcohol sales than food. Under the bill, any Class B alcohol license holder could sell mixed drinks and wine by the glass to go with a “tamper-evident” seal.

The drinks could be sold for pickup only, not delivery. More than 30 states have similar laws. The Assembly approved the bill on a voice vote Wednesday, sending the proposal on to the Senate.

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