Houston restaurants happy to hear take out alcohol are here to stay

It’s official, take-out alcohol is now legal in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed it today.

HOUSTON – It’s official, takeout alcohol is now legal in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott signed it on Wednesday. Many in the restaurant industry said this was what helped them survive the pandemic.

“I was hoping it would be a bit quicker on the comeback, but I think we’re going in the right direction,” said Chris Cusack, who runs La Grange in Montrose.

He remembers the severity of the pandemic.

“For us it was at zero for months,” Cusack said.

Even now, he said business is only back about 50% to 60%.

“It’s something that I think about and talk about with people all the time. what are we doing? Where are we going? What will it look like in a few months? ” he said.

Take-out alcohol, Cusack said, is a step in the right direction.

“We are all extremely excited and grateful that this is happening,” he said.

“It’s not a big concern for us now, but rest assured we’re watching it,” said Sean Teare, who works in the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

Teare is head of the vehicular crimes division. He said they had looked at drunk driving crashes since the start of the pandemic, but had not seen a spike.

“We haven’t seen an increase in fatalities and serious accidents from take-out alcohol,” Teare said.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving told KHOU 11 that they were not against it.

“If you are involved in the sale of alcohol, MADD’s position is to wait until you are in a place where you no longer go (before you start drinking). Wait until you are where you are done driving for the day, ”said Casie Harris, victim services specialist.

As for what has been the most popular take-out drink, Cusack said it was a margarita.

“It’s easy for us to make (and) it stores really well,” he said.

It’s a way to easily get back to the restaurant experience, without worrying about the crowds.

“If this is something that you’re in the process of reintroducing yourself, I think getting things done is a great way to start,” Cusack said.

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