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As you may be aware, Senate Bill 262 effective August 28 requires that, in order for a patron of a restaurant to be able to take home an unfinished bottle or bottles of wine, the wine must be securely resealed and placed in a bag or bags that are tamper-proof, one-time-use and transparent. The major part of the text of the law is detailed below.

The Missouri Restaurant Association has partnered with winedoggybag.com, a company who manufactures and markets wine doggy bags that specifically meet the Missouri law. Winedoggybag.com also provides marketing materials to further educate your patrons as to the new law. They tell us that their experience, in other states with the same law, has been that restaurants have been selling more bottled wine when the patron is made aware of the law and, equally as important, the restaurant has not had to refuse a patron’s request to take home an unfinished bottle of wine.

Packs of wine doggy bags start at $18.75. You can get more information by calling 800 401-9014 or visiting www.winedoggybag.com.

SENATE BILL NO. 262
93RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
2005

311.101. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall not be unlawful for the owner, operator, or employees of a restaurant bar, as defined in section 311.097, to allow patrons to carry out one or more bottles of unfinished wine, nor shall it be unlawful for patrons of such restaurant bar to carry out one or more bottles of unfinished wine under the following conditions:

(1) The patron must have ordered a meal;
(2) The bottle or bottles of wine must have been at least partially consumed during the meal;
(3) The restaurant bar must provide a dated receipt for the unfinished bottle or bottles of wine;
(4) The restaurant bar must securely reseal the bottle or bottles of wine and place them in one or
more one-time-use, tamper-proof, transparent bags and securely seal the bags.

2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person who transports one or more bottles of unfinished wine which came from a restaurant bar under the circumstances described in subsection 1 of this section, in a vehicle, shall be considered to have violated any state law or local ordinance regarding open containers in vehicles so long as such person has in his or her possession the dated receipt from the restaurant bar and the bottle or bottles of wine remain in the restaurant bar furnished, one-time-use, tamper-proof, transparent bags with the seals intact.