Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a bill that will permanently allow restaurants to sell alcohol to customers with take-out food orders.
The legislation follows a waiver signed in March last year to allow to-go alcohol sales to aid restaurants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. Though it was originally set to expire in May 2020, the pandemic-related measure was extremely popular among Texans and so was extended indefinitely
Filed by restaurant owner and Republican state Rep. Charlie Geren, House Bill 1024 attracted bipartisan support and cleared the Texas House and Senate last month. Its two-thirds majority approval in both chambers allowed the bill to take effect as soon as Abbott signed it.
“Today is a great day for Texas restaurants, as well as for customers,” Abbott said as he signed the bill. “It turned out that Texas liked [alcohol to go] so much, the Texas Legislature wanted to make that permanent law in the state of Texas.”