Beer Store Suspends SkipTheDishes Delivery Plans

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Brewing resentment among locked restaurant owners prompted The Beer Store to put a cap on a delivery partnership with a popular food delivery app.

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On Monday, the beer retailer launched a 10-week pilot program with Skip the Dishes intended to explore new ways for customers to purchase the product without entering stores.

The plan has fallen flat with many Toronto restaurant owners, many of whom are relying on recently amended laws allowing the sale of alcohol with meal deliveries to bolster faltering financial results during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurant owners have also objected to the Beer Store’s ability to sell alcohol without buying food – an unfair advantage, say those in the industry.

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The blowback prompted Beer Store President Ted Moroz to announce Thursday that the project had been shelved.

“Given the current public health restrictions on our partner restaurants and bars, The Beer Store has decided to put the pilot on hold,” it said in a statement. “The Beer Store recognizes that our bar and restaurant partners continue to face unprecedented challenges during the pandemic. »

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Current provincial lockdown orders prevent restaurants in Toronto and Peel Region from offering sit-down meals, limiting service to take-out or delivery.

A similar liquor delivery program with the LCBO that also began on Monday will continue.

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