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Tennessee takeaways can now include alcohol

Third-party restaurant delivery services will be allowed to deliver up to a gallon of alcohol per customer with takeaway meal orders following the implementation of a new law in Tennessee.

The delivery driver will be permitted to stop by a store to collect the customer’s drink of choice

The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam, will permit the delivery driver from companies such as GrubHub and Delivery Dudes to stop by a store to collect the customer’s drink of choice from July this year.

Food delivery companies and their drivers will be required to obtain a state license before they are allowed to offer the service.

In addition to the license, drivers must also be at least 21 years old and undergo a background check.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator Jack Johnson of Franklin, told WKRN: “We had just passed legislation last year to allow packaged liquor stores to deliver their products and so what we are able to do is fashion or amend the law slightly to allow for packaged liquor to subcontract the delivery of their product.”

Owner of Red Dog Wine and Spirits, Bard Quillman Jr, added: “As a retailer, I’m licensed to deliver and I could deliver, but I haven’t figured out yet how to make a profit by doing that. As people catch on to it, I think it would be a service people could render.”

Alcohol delivery is available in other states – through specialist apps such as SWILL and TopShelf – but this venture is believed to be the first of its kind to combine food and alcohol delivery.


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