Grand Forks residents can now, temporarily, add a cocktail to their delivery orders.
Mayor Mike Brown on Friday signed an emergency order that allows residents to order up to 64 ounces of mixed drinks inside sealed bottles or cans alongside a prepared meal from certain restaurants.
The mayor signed a similar order on Thursday, March 26, that allows businesses with “Class 1” licenses, most of which are bars, and with “Class 4” ones, mostly restaurants, to deliver up to 64 ounces of wine or beer alongside a meal between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Both orders stipulate that the person making the delivery must be a certified server, an employee of the business itself, and they must verify that the recipient is at least 21 years old.
Both orders, plus a third allowing carryout alcohol with food at some restaurants he signed early last week, are designed to help businesses stay afloat while a novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on everyday life and the U.S. economy.
It’s an idea that cropped up at an April 1 virtual meeting among city and business leaders. Matt Bonzer, who owns Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub, said his business wouldn’t survive unless the city’s liquor law was changed.
“Our bread is buttered by on-sale alcohol sales, not food sales,” Bonzer wrote to meeting attendees. “Our phone has been ringing off the hook for pre-made Long Island iced teas.”
The other two mayoral orders originated, reportedly, in those meetings. Brown is able to issue them because he declared that the virus represents a public health emergency on March 16.