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