Proposed bill would allow Wisconsin restaurants to sell cocktails to go

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A bill with an intriguing nickname is getting some traction at the Capitol in Madison.

They're calling it "Cocktails To Go."

It would affect Wisconsin restaurants that are already facing serious restrictions because of coronavirus.

The bill would change current law to allow restaurants to sell wine or mixed drinks by the glass to customers who are ordering takeout meals.

Right now, they can sell beer and wine in bottles or cans, but not in glasses. 

The Restaurant Association says allowing cocktails to go would be a much needed source of revenue.

"Your favorite Mexican restaurant, as an example, might be famous for their great margaritas," said Kristine Hillmer, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. "We want them to have the ability to send that home with their great food. And it really is just a way to extend that restaurant experience to home in a way that helps support that restaurant and also helps replicate some of that same experience."

The bill would allow cocktails to go as long as the bar or restaurant seals the glass before it's taken away.


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