Long Islanders split on plan to extend 'booze to-go'

Restaurants across Long Island say the state's 'booze to-go' measure helped their businesses through the pandemic but now a plan to extend it for another year is being met with some opposition.

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2021, 12:37 AM

Updated 1,054 days ago

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Restaurants across Long Island say the state's 'booze to-go' measure helped their businesses through the pandemic but now a plan to extend it for another year is being met with some opposition.
Eric LeVine, the co-owner of 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, says serving to-go cocktails helped his restaurant stay afloat.
"I think it makes sense for revenue. It makes sense for the customer. It's a one-stop shop kind of thing, but it also makes sense for the economy," say LeVine.
The executive order allowing takeout drinks is set to expire Saturday. Two bills in Albany would change that by extending the measure another year.
Some Long Islanders say they don't mind if people buy cocktails to go with their food if everything is enjoyed at home. Some people worry about drinking and driving.
Others think liquor stores may suffer if drinks to-go continues.


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