It had 123 members as of Wednesday morning

Memphis Food and Restaurant News

Drinks To Go Forever in TN was launched Thursday, May 7th. It had 123 members as of Wednesday morning. The group’s petition asks Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to extend the temporary order to sell alcoholic beverage for off premises consumption in perpetuity. That is, they want bars and restaurants to always be able to sell booze to go and for delivery.

Allowing such sales isn’t just for fun, though. The petition describes the tough world in which restaurants and bars have operated after lockdown orders fell in late March. “Limited capacities in dining rooms, health screenings prior to entry, and increased reliance on third party delivery services all have the effect of draining profitability from an enterprise that relies on face to face interactions, cash tips, and filling seats,” reads the petition.

Jake Smith, the administrator of the Drinks To Go Forever Facebook group, said the petition had 55 signatures Tuesday morning and had 678 Tuesday evening. He said in a post that the increase was “a clear sign that our message is catching on.”

The idea is catching on in other places, too. Those in the Facebook group pointed to this tweet from Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

Alcohol to go sales can continue after May 1.

“I allowed [bars and restaurants] to deliver alcohol. I think that’s been pretty popular. We’re probably going to keep that going,” DeSantis said, according to a story from WTSP. “Maybe we’ll have the legislature change the law on that.”

To learn more about making to go booze permanent here, check out this fact sheet from Drinks To Go Forever in TN:Mississippi Terrace’s seating including oversized couches and circular fire pit tables will stretch around the outside of Big Cypress’ third floor, offering a sky high view of the Mississippi River and the nightly Mighty Lights LED light shows.

“We are excited for the Memphis community to experience the Mississippi Terrace as we all return to connecting in person with friends, family, and co workers,” Nail Task, general manager of Big Cypress Lodge said in a press release. “A lot of planning went into creating this thoughtful space where Memphians can make new memories and celebrate brighter summer days ahead.”

The release also states that there will be “plenty of separate seating areas for responsible social distancing.”

The lounge will host DJs and live music on select nights and will feature a full service bar with signature cocktails, wine, and beer, and a light menu of snacks and entres.

Charcuterie Cheese Board seared venison and duck sausage, Genoa salami, Vermont white cheddar and imported cheeses, house made pimento cheese, red onion jam, whole grain mustard, and garlic flatbread

Smoked Trout Dip green onion, capers, red onion, garlic flatbread

Heirloom Tomato Mozzarella Salad arugula, spring mix, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, heirloom grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella pearls, balsamic reduction

Bacon Guacamole avocado, lime juice, cilantro, tomatoes, smoked bacon, fresh jalapeo, queso fresco, corn tortillas

## ## Fresh Baked Soft Pretzel cheddar ale dipping sauce and whole grain Creole mustard

Italian Flatbread hearty tomato sauce, roasted grape tomatoes, Italian sausage, mozzarella, red onion, arugula

Fried Gator Creole Catfish Fingers spicy hand breaded alligator, Creole breaded catfish, sweet jalapeo cream sauce, house made lemon tartar sauce

Mississippi Terrace is set to open on Memorial Day weekend. on Thursdays Saturdays, weather permitting.

Two online polls this weekend found that Memphis Flyer readers are not yet ready to return to restaurants Monday.

Restaurants have the green light to return to business today, the first day since some stay at home restrictions were lifted by government leaders in Memphis and Shelby County.

Restrictions still apply even to those businesses that can re open. Restaurants, for example, can only use half of its available seating, and restaurant employee must wear masks on the job.

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