‘Cocktails To Go’ bill looks to help Wisconsin restaurants

A new bill circulating the Wisconsin Capitol could help local restaurants struggling during the pandemic.
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MADISON, Wis. — A new bill circulating the Wisconsin Capitol could help local restaurants struggling during the pandemic.

According to CBS58, “Cocktails to Go” would change current law to allow restaurants to sell wine or mixed drinks by the glass to customers ordering to-go meals. Right now, restaurants can sell beer and wine in bottles or cans, but not in glasses.

The Restaurant Association said the bill would give restaurants another much-needed source of revenue. The bill would allow cocktails-to-go as long as the bar or restaurant seals the glass before it’s taken away.

One in 10 restaurants have permanently closed in the state during the pandemic. When News 3 Now asked some of Madison’s most well-known chefs who was worried about shutting down in 2021, all of them raised their hands. Many of the surviving restaurants are asking for community support to stay afloat. You can find a list of businesses with GoFundMe pages here.