On Dec. 21, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive orderallowing the sale of to-go cocktails in the state, and since then, we’ve had a few questions about the order, as well as folks inquiring where they can purchase expertly mixed drinks they can enjoy at home. So today, let’s whet our thirst for knowledge on the topic.
The governor’s order is slated to last through 5 p.m., Jan. 31, unless otherwise modified or extended. It is intended to both slow the spread of coronavirus by allowing the drinks to be sold to-go (thus minimizing the time folks would otherwise spend around each other) and help support the food + beverage industry.
DYK 30+ states have passed similar measures since the spring? In 2020, NC lawmakers pushed for a bill that would allow restaurants to sell to-go cocktails, but the NC Senatedidn’t pass it.
Here are the details: 🍸 It allows restaurants, hotels, private clubs + bars, and distilleries to sell + deliver to-go cocktails and mixed drinks. 🍸 Customers must be at least 21, and only one drink can be ordered at a time per patron. In order to meet the age verification, each person must be present to pick up their own cocktail or present at delivery. 🍸 For both pick up + delivery, drinks must be in a closed + sealed container at all times. 🍸 Dining in but can’t finish your cocktail? No worries, you can take the rest home as long as staff seal it securely for you. 🍸 You don’t have to order food with your drink. 🍸 To-go cocktails must be the same size as standard mixed-drinks sold for on-site consumption. 🍸 Businesses may be open past the state’s current modified stay at home curfew of 10 p.m. — but only for to-go orders. 🍸 Alcohol sales in NC stop at 2 a.m.
Did we miss any? Let us know here — and tell us your favorite to-go drink order while you’re at it. 🍷
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Over the weekend, Durham welcomed a delectable new cafe to the food scene — and foodie accounts are going crazy over just how aesthetically pleasing this place is. 😍
Sweets by Shayda has been a well-known business in the Triangle for a few years now (selling at Farmers Markets and other shops), however this will be the businesses’ first storefront. Owner + pastry chef, Shayda Wilson studied the art of pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and hopes to bring a little taste of France to the Triangle.
Sweets by Shayda will offer various flavors of macarons, pastries, and other desserts. The cafe is located at 105 W Morgan St. 🇫🇷
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Biz ○ Launch 2021 | Tues., Jan. 12 | 9–11:30 a.m. | Virtual | $45 | Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting Launch 2021 for local businesses + organizations to network, make economic predictions, + receive advice from professionals across business sectors.
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Outdoors ○ Wine & Weeds | Wed., Jan. 13 | 4–6 p.m. | 1321 Athens Dr. | Free | A weekly event where volunteers can drink a complimentary glass of wine while weeding the gardens at the Well Fed Community Garden. 🍷
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.