Allow the temporary sale of alcohol to-go from restaurants and bars in Michigan
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer,
On behalf of restaurant and bar owners, operators, and employees, we are urging The State of Michigan to enact a temporary executive order to allow for the sale of safely packaged single-serving cocktails and/or beer,wine, and spirits from licensed establishments during the covid-19 pandemic.
As I’m sure you know, many food/beverage/hospitality businesses have been forced to close down entirely due to their inability to operate under current social distancing measures. The few that remain open are doing so in a fight to survive. WDET REPORTS $491 Million in lost sales for Michigan restaurants
By allowing the SAFE sale of alcohol for off-premise consumption we can give businesses more opportunities to generate revenue and a better chance of returning to normal operation once restrictions are eased.
Many states have already instituted similar executive orders in support of their small businesses with great success. The added revenue has been able to stave off further closures and in some cases bring furloughed employees back to work. EATER: Liquor Laws Loosen Up in the Face of Delivery-Only Dining
If granted, an executive order can effectively treat any sale of alcohol in a similar fashion to off-premise sales by a retailer. The purchaser would need to keep the container closed and only consume the beverage safely from home or be in violation of existing open-container laws.
While there isn’t a “one-size fits all” Executive Order to reference, as small business owners, workers, patrons, and local suppliers, we urgently request you and your legislative team look at what is working in other states and implement fair and realistic measures to safely and effectively support Michigan businesses during these unprecedented times.
Robyn Cleveland - Owner/Distiller, Norden Aquavit
Micah Bartelme - CEO, BarStar Group
Robben Schulz - Managing Partner, Watershed Hospitality
Dave Kwiatkowski - Detroit Optimist Society Hospitality
Will Lee - Beverage Director/Proprietor, Grey Ghost & Second Best
Luciano DelSignore - Chef/Owner Bacco/Pernod
Joe Robinson - Standby/The Skip/Deluxx Fluxx
Sandy Levine - Proprietor, The Oakland and Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
Nick Britsky - Nick Drinks studio
Rob Hanks - Head Bartender, Side Bar Grand Rapids
Matthew Buskard - Bobcat Bonnies, Owner
Anthony Jones - Bar Manager, Buffalo Traders Lounge
Jon Foley - Partner, Relief and Resource Co, Fenton, MI
James Rigato - Chef/Owner, Mable Gray
Summer Ransom - Co- owner, Norden Spirits, LLC
Cole Levy - Great Lakes region sales manager, Copper and Kings Distillery
Ping Ho, Co-Owner Marrow Detroit
Scott Rutterbush - President, Dine Drink Detroit
Eli Boyer - Owner, Voyager - Ferndale, Mi
Richard R. Muschiana - Co-owner/Founder Sovengard
Rebecca Wurster - Beverage Director, Savant Midtown
Kate Williams - Owner, Lady of the House
Drew Pompa - Beverage Director, Takoi/Magnet
Gary Jonas - The Little Fleet, Traverse City
John P. Jerome - Owner/Operator, Detroit City Distillery and VP, Michigan Craft Distillers Association
Kyle VanStrien and John O’Connor - Owners, Long Road Distillers
Ariel Gosselin - Bar Manager and Beverage Director, Lost River
Perry and Sharon LaVoisne and Jeff and Susie King - Owners, Working Class Outlaws
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