Restaurant owners can continue selling to-go cocktails and serve alcohol in outdoor parklets thanks to three new laws signed by Governor Newsom.

The bills — SB 314, AB 61 and SB 389 — will solidify many of the provisions that California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control made during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, designed to keep restaurants in business during very tough economic times.

The new to-go cocktail law, which will be revisited in five years, requires businesses to serve food orders along with the drinks. The restaurants must also sell full meals and have a full kitchen on site.

SB 314, also known as the Bar and Restaurant Recovery Act, allows restaurants to apply for a permanent permit to serve alcohol in outdoor areas and parklets.

Finally, AB 61 makes allowances for restaurants to set up outdoor coffee bars and set up dining chairs and tables in parking spaces. Kitchen and service areas also no longer need to be fully enclosed.


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