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(1) In addition to all other alcoholic beverage licensing requirements, a restaurant beer and wine licensee shall:

(a) only purchase and possess on the premises fortified wine from an agency liquor store, beer from a beer wholesaler or brewery, and table wine from a table wine distributor or winery, except as permitted under 16-6-306, MCA, and described in (5);

(b) store alcoholic beverages only on the premises or in an approved noncontiguous alcoholic beverage storage area;

(c) offer beer and wine for on-premises consumption;

(d) serve beer and wine only to patrons who order food;

(e) state alcoholic beverage sales on the food bill;

(f) obtain at least 65 percent of its annual gross income from the sale of food, excluding the sale of nonalcoholic beverages;

(g) prevent the self-service of alcoholic beverages on the premises;

(h) prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m.;

(i) prevent the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on the premises between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. by removing all alcoholic beverages from individuals' possession by 11 p.m. other than those sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to (2);

(j) prevent the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on the premises by persons who are under 21 years of age or actually, apparently, or obviously intoxicated; and

(k) prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages that were not purchased at the premises, except as described in (5).

(2)  A restaurant beer and wine licensee may sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption under the following conditions:

(a)  food must be included in the purchase and the alcoholic beverages stated on the customer's bill;

(b)  alcoholic beverages must be sold in original packaging, prepared servings, or growlers filled at the time of sale; and

(c)  the sale of alcoholic beverages must occur on the premises, except for curbside pickup, including a drive-through window, that were ordered online or through the phone.

(3)  A restaurant beer and wine licensee may deliver alcoholic beverages to a customer off-site under the following conditions:

(a) the licensee must apply for, and be issued, a delivery endorsement from the department. The application fee for the delivery endorsement is $200;

(b) alcoholic beverage delivery is limited to beer and wine in original packaging;

(c) the delivery must include food purchased from and prepared by the licensee. The purchase price of the delivered beer and wine may not exceed the purchase price of the delivered food; and

(d) the licensee must use its employees who are 21 years of age or older for all food deliveries that include alcoholic beverages.  Third-party delivery companies are prohibited.

(4) In addition to the requirements in (1) through (3), any restaurant for which a restaurant beer and wine license was not in effect as of April 9, 2009, shall:

(a) serve an evening dinner meal at least four days a week for at least two hours a day between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.; and

(b) sell the majority of its food and drinks, excluding any carry-out business, in nondisposable containers.

(5) A restaurant beer and wine licensee may open and serve wine from a sealed bottle that was brought on to the premises by a patron and may charge a corkage fee.


History: 16-1-303, MCA; IMP, 16-3-301, 16-3-305, 16-3-311, 16-3-312, 16-4-405, 16-4-420, 16-6-306, MCA; NEW, 2012 MAR p. 1846, Eff. 9/21/12; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 2980, Eff. 12/12/14; AMD and TRANS, from ARM 42.12.135, 2017 MAR p. 493, Eff. 4/29/17; AMD, 2022 MAR p. 1932, Eff. 9/26/22.

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