The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) thanks Governor Abbott for implementing the consensus proposal we developed with our partners in every tier of the distilled spirits business to add mixed drinks to the alcohol to-go waiver. This will provide immediate help to Texas restaurants and bars, many of which are fighting to stay in business in spite of the growing costs and decreased sales stemming from COVID-19.
Texas restaurants and bars are committed to doing their part to combat COVID-19, but they need additional relief so they can stay in business, employ Texans, and feed families. TRA created the Texas Restaurant Survival Plan to highlight eight reforms—including an expanded alcohol to-go waiver—that will help the foodservice industry bounce back and thrive in the COVID-19 environment.
“With restaurants employing more than 1.3 million Texans and representing 51% of the food dollar, we simply cannot afford to let these critical businesses close for good,” said Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of TRA. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward, giving many hope, and so we’re very grateful to Governor Abbott and our partners in the distilled spirits business for working with us to get restaurants some of the critical relief they need.”
Under Governor Abbott’s expanded waiver, restaurants may sell mixed beverages with take-out and delivery food orders with the following safety parameters:
- The restaurant must mix the drink onsite, combining distilled spirits with other beverages and/or garnishes.
- The restaurant must seal the mixed drink onsite with tape or an adhesive label that states the name of the restaurant and “alcoholic beverage.” The sealed mixed drink must then be placed in a bag that is sealed with a zip tie.
- Mixed drinks cannot be transported in the passenger area of a vehicle.
About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $70 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 50,000 locations and a workforce of 1.4 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association protects, advances, and educates the growing industry.