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Carbondale city council to discuss allowing sale, delivery of ‘to go’ cocktails

Updated: Jun. 4, 2020 at 3:55 PM CDT
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ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Carbondale City Council will discuss whether to allow the sale and/or delivery of “to go” mixed drinks and cocktails.

The city council will meet on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

While the governor signed the bill, the city said municipalities are authorized to restrict or prohibit the sale and delivery of the beverages.

If approved, the city said it would follow the state guidelines.

You can send your thoughts to the city council by emailing council_questions@explorecarbondale.com.

Carbondale businesses owners were getting ready for what they hoped would be a big financial boost.

Doug Robinson is the owner of the restaurant bar called Keeper’s Quarters. He started with carry out order two weeks ago and then outdoor dining. He said liquor sales make a huge difference.

“It’s going to help a lot of businesses out. Cocktails and liquor sales are the profit margin on that is what really drives a restaurant," he said.

Iconic Carbondale bar, PK’s is also aiming to drive customers to the business.

The general manager, Walter Wit, is happy to see the new legislation.

“It could mean great things as far as getting back on our feet after this COVID took us out for about three or four months," Wit said.

As part of Illinois’ Phase Three, PK’s blocked off its alley to open a beer garden and welcome back more customers, but it’s going to take some getting used to.

“I have no idea what it will look like because I’ve never seen it in Illinois," Wit said. "I’ve lived for a short time in New Orleans and it seems to do great down there.”

Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation on Tuesday, June 2 allowing the sale of cocktails for pickup and delivery.

The bill will take effect immediately.

House Bill 2682 allows the sale of cocktails by bars and restaurants with liquor licenses for pickup and delivery.

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission provided clear and strict guidelines as to how the beverages may be packaged and delivered. You can click here to read the guidelines.

According to the bill, cocktails can only be delivered in a sealed, labeled container with a tamper-evident cap or seal by an employee of the liquor license holder who is over the age of 21 and trained in responsible alcohol service.

Cocktails may not be delivered via a third party delivery app, and can only be delivered after an employee verifies the age as well as the level of intoxication of the consumer.

The legislation also delays late fees and license fees for liquor licenses for businesses and established automatic liquor license renewal approval and extension for any license holder whose business or operations have been suspended in any capacity due to COVID-19.

The late filing, free waiver applies for six months and the license extensions lasts for 120 days after:

  • the day the region moves to Phase 4
  • the day after the expiration of the latest EO that limits or interrupts business
  • the day after the expiration of any rules from DPH or other agencies

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