Restaurant industry says 'cheers' to drinks-to-go

Restaurants will be able to resume selling drinks to go immediately, after the popular measure passed Thursday afternoon as part of the state budget.

“We’re legalizing to-go drinks,” Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted Thursday afternoon, “to support small businesses and because I know we could all use a drink!”

The once-temporary program is still not quite permanent, though: It will expire after three years. 

The restaurant industry has been hoping for the return of to-go drinks ever since June of 2021, when a temporary pandemic measure that allowed them expired.

“When the pandemic shut down indoor dining, drinks to go provided a critical revenue stream to struggling restaurants,” said

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