State officials allow to-go cocktails after local bar generates public outcry online

Published: Mar. 27, 2020 at 4:40 AM EDT
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The state government shut down a North Central Florida bar. A day later, it's open again thanks to a change of policy.

Madrina's, a bar in downtown Gainesville, started selling its cocktails to-go after taking

from the impacts of COVID-19 early this month. On March 17, Governor Ron DeSantis issued

that closed all bars, nightclubs, restaurants and beaches for 30 days.

The owner of Madrina's, TJ Palmieri, said he invested $1,000 in his "to-go cocktails" project only to stop selling drinks. Palmieri told TV20 that after

, the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco reversed its course.

Cocktail drinks are now back on the menu during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After all of your support we were doing well enough that we were going to be able to hire back a few of our employees...

Posted by Madrina's on Wednesday, March 25, 2020