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New PA Rule, “Want a Drink? Order a Meal!”

You know the George Thorogood song, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Meal?”

...wait, what? That’s not how it goes… 😜

Pennsylvania is rewriting the lyrics, so to speak

Restaurants and bars are at a limited capacity due to Gov. Wolf’s new rules. However, there is another statewide rule that might change your next bar visit. It reads: 

“Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.”

This means that food is required to be ordered with alcohol at all bars, private clubs, and anywhere that normally allows patrons to simply order drinks. 

Now, the big change is the **required** part of the law because all Pennsylvania bars were required to offer food; it's just mandatory.. 

Interestingly, the law defines a meal as “food prepared on the premises, sufficient to constitute breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

 It adds that, “It shall not mean a snack, such as pretzels, popcorn, chips, or similar food.”

So, there you have it! Let’s hope you’re not only going to have a liquid lunch next time you go out for a cold one!

This isn’t the first time Pennsylavnin’s have questioned Gov. Wolf’s rules. You can also check out how some have responded on capitol hill. And if you want to help small businesses like bars in PA make it out of 2020, check out our #SavesmallPA pledge!

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