Alcohol delivered to your front door? Task force vetting idea after Legislature rejected it

A state House panel earlier this year nixed efforts to allow customers to purchase wine or beer when they order dinner through a food delivery app, but a task force that includes various stakeholders of the idea has been plodding through the details to see whether lawmakers should reconsider.

The Louisiana Retail Food and Beverage E-Commerce Task Force met Thursday and heard from representatives of the Louisiana-based Waitr food delivery service and Instacart, a California-based grocery delivery company that has been operating in Louisiana since March.

Supporters of the effort say it could boost revenue to restaurants and other retailers. Skeptics have voiced concern about unintended consequences of any framework that’s put in place, including permitting, taxing and policing to ensure that alcohol won’t be sold to minors…


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