11-Oct-2021 (Mon) Wherein the parklet and booze rules have changed again

Newsom signed some bills, so this is how it works now, I guess?

  • Parklets are now fully legal, not temporary. Bars and restaurants can continue to serve food and booze outside.

  • Take-out cocktails are only allowed with food, and are limited to two drinks per meal.

  • Delivery cocktails are no longer allowed.

The article also says, "restaurants will still be able to sell bottles of wine and cans of beer for delivery, as those are in the manufacturer's original packaging", so I guess that means that we will still be allowed to sell our DNA Lounge brand liquor bottles to go, since they're sealed from the distillery. One liter equals one drink? Not that we sell very many of those.

We stopped selling our batched, to-go cocktails in mason jars a while ago, because they were just not selling any more. But for those bars and restaurants who were still doing good business with to-go and delivery batched cocktails, this is kind of a kick in the teeth.

Also related, another bill that everyone hoped would make permanent the 15% cap on the delivery apps' extortionate fees, was gutted. Instead of requiring a cap, It just requires "transparency". So now they have to itemize why they are charging you 30%. And I guess you'll feel better about that somehow?

In DNA news:

Attendance has been slowwwwly picking up. Interestingly, it's mostly a younger crowd. Maybe the 30-plus folks are more afraid of Delta than the kids are, who knows.

We did have some antivaxxer idiots show up the other day. It was before doors, and they just stood there yelling at us for a while. We are "sheep", apparently. This was on a night when I understand that there was a sportsball game of some kind, so presumably these were tourists from the Central Valley, the Red State part of California that is still dying in droves.

In other "Get Off Of My Lawn" news, a number of our staff have been noting that "these kids today" just don't know how to behave in public. We know what 18-year-olds are like, but recently they have been, uh, worse. But then someone made a very salient observation: when lockdown began, these 18-year-olds were 16! So, no, they don't know how to behave in public because they've literally never had to before. Can you imagine what it would have been like to spend the last half of high school at home on your couch? They're all homescooled bubble babies!

3 Responses:

  1. the hatter says:

    All those formative moments/years that half a generation of kids have missed are sure going to make for some weird times - as they age and grown ups mix is slightly more age-varied groups, there will bethe ones who never had a freshers fair, the ones who never had a prom, the ones that never had a job while going through college, obviously the ones who thought they were more mature now, but never made terrible mistakes with substances when those around them viewed them as a young adult who they'd give support to rather than an adult make dumb choices

    To add the the get-off-my-lawn-isms, kids eh, they grow up so fast. Except when the opportunity to grow up has been largely unavailable.

  2. Dude says:

    The kids are rebelling against their parents, who all listen to Eric Clapton.

  3. bibulb says:

    Yeah, here in Houston, DoorDash has been itemizing a Regulatory Recovery Fee on the consumer-facing end - I'm assuming the reason they don't roll that into their regular service fee is so that they can get us yokels angry at those mean old regs that they had hoped to Move Fast and Break.

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