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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 9, 2021 09:54 AM
From: Representative Joe Ciresi
To: All House members
Subject: Allowing Limited Wineries to Partner with BYOBs
Small local restaurants are a foundation for our communities and provide a place for people to socialize and enjoy their free time.  Patrons often come in, not realizing a restaurant is a BYOB, believing they can purchase wine upon arrival.  These local restaurants would love to be able to offer a glass of wine to their customers to enjoy with their meal.  However, unlike the national chains, these small businesses often can’t afford to purchase a liquor license for several thousands of dollars. 

To promote both our small local BYOB restaurants and our Pennsylvania wineries, my legislation would allow a BYOB restaurant to collaborate with a local limited winery to sell wine to enjoy with their meal in the restaurant.   Limited wineries would be permitted to apply for and obtain an off-premise catering permit which they could use to partner with community restaurants to benefit both local businesses – as well as their customers.  Please consider supporting consumers, our growing Pennsylvania winery industry, and small local restaurants statewide by co-sponsoring this legislation. Thank you in advance for your support.

Introduced as HB1876