Some Bar Owners Say There’s Confusion Over Selling To-Go Beer

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC. —  Bob Klein hasn’t seen a cent from his business in 161 days. That’s how long Stumptown Station in downtown Matthews has been closed.

“We’ve got no revenue. We’ve got nothing. We’ve been closed. It’s devastating to us,” says Klein.

Jackie Deloach owns Hattie’s Tap and Tavern in NoDa. To stay afloat, she’s been doing car washes and selling beer to-go.

“It was nice because it was extra revenue. We were bringing in some good money to be able to pay smaller bills. Like our electrical bill and our water bill and things like that,” says Deloach.

Deloach isn’t sure if she’s allowed to sell beer to-go anymore. She says an ABC officer stopped at a neighboring bar last Wednesday and told them they are not allowed to sell to-go beer because of Governor Cooper’s mandate. Deloach says the same thing happened to other local bars last week. Deloach says the same thing happened to other local bars last week.

“We are all like, what do we do? You tell us because we’re just trying to figure out what we’re allowed to do and what we’re not.”

WCCB reached out to the state ale which says off-premise sales of beer and/or wine have been permitted throughout the Governor’s executive orders. A Mecklenburg County ABC spokesperson tells WCCB three entities are enforcing the same law. County ABC Board, state ALE, and CMPD’s ABC unit. Adding, the Governor’s executive order has been very confusing because each agency has a different interpretation. He says the county has not told anyone to stop selling beer to-go.

Klein says he believes the rules are cut and dry.

“There’s a time limit they’re allowed to be in there, they can’t sit and buy their takeout beer and have one and then leave. You have to come in by it and leave. Then there’s only a certain amount of people that can be in there,” says Klein.