By Bob Sanders, NH Business Review
Customers would still be able to order a large bottle of wine or 16 bottles of beer along with their takeout meal even after the pandemic emergency order ends, if Senate Bill 66 is approved by the New Hampshire Legislature.
Under the bill, restaurants would have to pay $250 for a license to do it.
The House Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on SB 66, a little over a year after Gov. Chris Sununu issued his emergency order that allowed restaurants to sell wine and beer that way.
Most restaurants have reopened, but with indoor seating limited, deliveries still make up a substantial portion of their business, and liquor could help lubricate those sales, said Mike Somers, president of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association.
“We had a very tough year,” he told the panel. Sale of wine and beer, he added, “is not a big part of our business, but it is important part.”
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