Cocktails to go might be here to stay if State Senator Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg has his way.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation for the upcoming session that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages with carryout meals to continue once the pandemic emergency orders are lifted.

State Senator Hoskins told the Post-Dispatch that two restaurants in his hometown were looking for a way to replace revenue after they had to close their dining rooms in the early days of the virus. “They were very excited when the governor issued the executive order that allowed restaurants to sell drinks to go."

Hoskins believes allowing the sale of curbside alcohol purchases with a meal isn't any different than stopping at Walmart or a convenience store and taking the alcohol home to consume.

I agree with Senator Hoskins. I think a lot of people like the idea because it's convenient. If I'd like to enjoy a beer with my dinner. Or a cocktail. And the restaurant I'm swinging by to get my curb side meal also has what I need to enjoy an adult beverage with it. Why should I then have to add another stop on my way home to get that?

I'm also not a big drinker. So if I can get one or two beers. Or a cocktail to go. I'm more likely to do that. I'll be supporting a local restaurant and putting money into the restaurant's pocket. Plus, I won't wind up with the four beers I didn't drink taking up permanent residence in my fridge.

According to the Post-Dispatch Iowa, Ohio and Washington, DC have made the law permanent. Let's help our local restaurant owners and add Missouri to that list.


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