Diners who eat at Suwanee restaurants now can take their wine in a to-go bag along with their meals.
City Council Tuesday night voted 4-0 to update its alcohol laws to allow customers to take their unfinished bottles of wine with them as long as they’re closed, in a bag, with a receipt and kept in the back of their car on the drive home.
Cynthia Gore, a customer at the Uptown Grille, said customers should be allowed to take home their bottles of wine if they cannot finish them at the restaurant.
“You don’t want to have to leave some of it behind. But if you have the opportunity to take some of it with you, why wouldn’t you?” Gore asked. “We as adults are responsible enough to take our beverages home and drink the rest of it at home.”
Larry Parker, general manager at Uptown Grille, said the new law could boost sales and make ordering wine more convenient for customers.
“It is something that is enticing to a customer that if they find a bottle of wine they can’t find anywhere else, I’d like to sell it to them,” Parker said. “As long as it’s not open, I don’t see a problem with it at all.”
The updated law also will let businesses like nail and hair salons serve complimentary wine to their customers.
The updated ordinance goes into effect Wednesday, May 29.