Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy

Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy

There are more than 330 alcohol licenses in Worcester County and only three spoke during a public hearing for an extension of carryout drinks.

This lack of robust support to allow to-go drinks resulted in an easy call for the Worcester Board of License Commissioners. Couple the paltry turnout with opposition from veteran restaurateurs Shawn Harman and Greg Shockley amid public health and enforcement concerns and the 3-0 vote seems justified.

For the board to seriously consider allowing take-out drinks, severe economic hardship needed to be demonstrated. The consensus among the local business community is economic recovery is happening. There does not appear to be enough of an economic impact to trump public safety concerns about excessive drinking in public, a few overindulgent business owners not following the intent of the law and enforcement issues.

For all those who benefited, there were other sectors who were hurt by the carryout drinks perk. Retail stores were clearly impacted as customers were able to buy their margarita jugs with their Mexican fare and get their beer with their crab cake sandwiches.

It’s time to trend toward normalcy for all of society, including the restaurant industry. We support the board’s call, but agree it should be revisited should pandemic restrictions on restaurants return in the future.

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About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.