MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Alcohol can soon be delivered to your doorstep in Louisiana.
Alcohol can soon be delivered to your doorstep in Louisiana. (Source: Waitr)
"I think it could make for things a little safer, increase revenue, and could be a good thing for the city," said Taylor McConaughey, a resident in Monroe.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed two bills in late June, HB 349 and HB508, which will allow alcohol delivery to homes, and food delivery company Waitr is taking advantage
CEO Chris Meaux announced Monday the company will begin offering the new delivery options in the next few weeks.
"I think this is a great thing as a matter of choice and for opportunities for businesses to grow and expand new businesses and existing," said Alexander Schulte, a resident in Monroe.
The bills allow grocery and liquor stores to hire their own drivers to deliver alcohol, as long as the alcohol comes in a factory-sealed bottle and the recipient does not live on a college campus.
Drivers are also required to carry a special server's permit and check ids from customer upon delivery. They can also deny service to clients who are clearly drunk.
"This service is going to be great. I think part of the law is that anyone that is delivering alcohol has to actually be an employee of the company they're working for. In Waitr, we only hire W2 employees to be our drivers where as other companies just hire theirs as independent contractors," said Eric Guilbeau, city manager for Waitr in Monroe.
People we spoke with feel this could cut down on a lot of drunk driving and potential fatal wrecks.
"It may afford a person's the opportunity to be able to get the beverages of their choice without leaving home, and as a result may reduce the possibility of persons being injured in accidents and other fatalities," said resident John Washington.
The bills limit the deliveries to just beer and wine. The company is now awaiting final permitting by the state before they can begin.
"This is Louisiana, people do like to have a good time so I think it would be great for our customers, but also for our restaurant partners as well. They will not only be able to have food delivered but they'll also be able to deliver some of their beverages which would no doubt increase their sales as well. So it should be a win-win for both parties here," said Guilbeau.
Waitr currently partners with more than 3,500 restaurants in Louisiana.