Lawmakers, restaurateurs to call for takeout wine and beer sales

It's designed to boost restaurant earnings during the coronavirus shutdown.
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Restaurateurs will join lawmakers in calling for Minnesota's bars and restaurants to be allowed to serve takeout wine and beer with food sales.

A press conference will be held on Monday led by Sen. John Hoffman (D-Champlin) and Rep. John Koznick (R-Lakeville), where they will call on Gov. Tim Walz to make an Executive Order to help the state's food industry.

They will be joined by Jason Saji, general manager of B52 Burgers & Brew in Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights, and Mike Jennings, the owner of Jimmy's Kitchen & Bar, JJ's Clubhouse, and Scoreboard Restaurant.

There have been calls from within the restaurant industry for Gov. Walz to relax conditions on restaurants, which have been shuttered since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Among those calling for restaurants to be allowed to provide takeout beer and wine is multi-James Beard Award winner Gavin Kaysen, with restaurateurs saying it would provide an additional revenue stream for struggling eateries, who otherwise have no other way of getting rid of the stock unless they can return it to their supplier.

Liquor stores have been allowed to stay open during the state shutdown, but restaurants are having to focus solely on food sales.

St. Paul City Council has made a similar plea to the Walz administration, with the extended Stay at Home order requiring dine-in service at restaurants to continue until at least May 4.

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