It has the potential to be one of the most earth-shattering changes to one of the most antiquated alcohol retail system in the world — and this is not hyperbole.
Booze to go, in other words, the retailing of alcohol at restaurants and bars, was given the green light at the end of 2020 after allowing the practice as a temporary measure during the pandemic. Simply put, the Ontario government has made the selling of wine, beer, cider and spirits legal in restaurants and bars.
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It’s Friday afternoon and it’s been a tough week. You don’t want to cook, and you don’t want to go out. But you do want a glass of wine with supper.
Before the pandemic, that might mean making a stop at your favourite restaurant, then remembering you don’t have any wine at home and driving to the LCBO, as your beef dip sandwich gets cold. But not anymore.
Restaurants offering gift certificates for donations to Community Care
A Niagara Facebook page that was created during the early stages of the worldwide pandemic to support local restaurants has shifted gears to raising funds for Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold.
Marcel Morgenstern came across a page back in March called ONRestaurants+ Burlington. The platform was created to allow residents to post questions about which restaurants were offering takeout when indoor and outdoor dining was shut down. It also allowed the restaurants to promote their business and share daily deals.
“I came across it and said we need something like that in Niagara,” Morgenstern said.