Ricker’s would be able to permanently keep its cold beer carryout permits at two locations under an amendment approved by the House.
Ricker’s recently used a legal loophole to secure restaurant alcohol permits at two convenience stores. That prompted outcry from liquor stores, which previously – along with restaurants – had sole ownership of cold beer sales.
After attempts in committee to address the Ricker’s situation, the House adopted a floor amendment from Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) that puts a two-year moratorium on all new restaurant alcohol permits for grocery, convenience and drug stores – while grandfathering in Ricker’s two existing permits.
“It provides time for the General Assembly to have thorough discussion and study,” Cook says.
The Senate adopted an amendment that would bar Ricker’s from renewing its permits at the end of the year. It would also put more restrictions on other restaurant permit holders.
The issue is likely headed for a conference committee.