FARGO — In a move they hoped would provide at least a small financial boost to city bars and restaurants that were shuttered last week, the Fargo City Commission unanimously approved the sale of bottled drinks with takeout, delivery or curbside meals for the next 30 days.
"This is for someone who may want a few beers with their burger," said Commissioner Tony Grindberg, who raised the issue.
The temporary change doesn't involve mixed drinks, as Mayor Tim Mahoney said the sale of drinks in that way isn't allowed by law.
City Auditor Steve Sprague, who oversees city liquor laws, said he thought it was a "win-win" for restaurants as it might increase sales.
Grindberg said he had a phone call that such a measure was being taken in Texas and thought it was an option for Fargo.
With the closing of bars and restaurants in the city and statewide, Grindberg said it was a business opportunity and could help the small businesses in the city, although it "won't solve everything" in this emergency.
He said he checked with the city attorney's office to see if it was allowable. Assistant City Attorney Nancy Morris said one concern was ensuring people receiving deliveries are of legal age.