Alcohol to-go made permanent, local restaurants react to new law

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ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – House Bill 10-24 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday. This will now allow Texas restaurants to serve alcoholic drinks to-go along with food purchases.

Samuel Weston, who frequents many restaurants in Odessa, said he enjoyed ordering alcoholic drinks to-go at the start of the pandemic, he believes it’s more convenient.

“We enjoyed that kind of drink that we get from our favorite restaurant or wherever,” Weston said. “Everybody has a favorite place to go to get a drink and enjoy that same luxury at the house.”

Texas restaurants were allowed to serve alcohol to- go with food purchases in order to stay afloat during the pandemic. But HB 1024 now makes that permanent even when the pandemic ends.

“I think it’s a good idea, I mean some people make good drinks, sometimes you can take it home and enjoy it,” said Komisha Armendariz, an Odessa consumer. ” It’s a lot better than going out and being around a whole bunch of people and being worried.”

But some local consumers think this may cause new problems for restaurants.

“I think it effects not only your servers but also the establishment because a lot of people go in and they buy multiple when they’re in an establishment,” said Megan Bell.

Restaurants like Josy’s Grill in Odessa said they are happy to keep getting this new support.

“As long as it’s feasible for us, it works for us, and doesn’t interrupt our daily food service, sure,” said Roy Evaro, Manager of Josy’s Grill

But others restaurant wners like Ruben Patel with Forty One Ten are opting out.

“We like to monitor our patrons when they come and enjoy their times here, I just wouldn’t feel comfortable,” Patel said. “The limit is two drinks, but who’s to say they get two and get another two at another restaurant then another two somewhere else.”

But patrons just hope more people will support our local restaurants.

“I think people should go an and do and enjoy the things that they used to do,” Bell said. ” Because ultimately there are people that are relying on us to have fun and enjoy life.”

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