Did you hear the big news? As of September 1, Texas restaurants among other beer and wine license holders, will legally be able to deliver alcoholic beverages to their patrons with the proper permitting or through on-line delivery services like Favor, Patriot, Door Dash, etc.
And guess who played an instrumental role in this process? Our state level advocates at the Texas Restaurant Association had a huge impact lobbying Senate Bill 1232 and Senate Bill 1450 to the point of passing and becoming law.
There are strict rules that come with this new delivery law. One rule, for example, is the requirement that both the deliverer and the deliveree must be 21 years of age, which of course is the legal drinking age in Texas. Also, food must be ordered with the alcoholic beverages. This law does not allow patrons to pick up alcohol (to-go orders) at restaurants directly, it must be delivered by the restaurant or a professional delivery service.
Some cities and businesses in Texas are already taking advantage of this new law. Will Tyler and other East Texas Cities jump in? So far, we aren’t aware of any local restaurants participating in the alcoholic beverage delivery permitted by these new laws, but we have had a few reach out with questions. Follow our Facebook for more information and the latest restaurant feedback.
On a side note, this is a prime example of what ETRA membership benefits look like. To have the TRA legal support/advice on large topics like TABC to the smallest HR concern, is by far worth the cost of your membership!