The state House has tentatively approved a proposal to lower the threshold of food sales which restaurants must meet in order to sell mixed drinks.
North Carolina law currently requires restaurants to collect 40 percent of their business from food sales to qualify for a mixed drink permit. Mixed drink sales are only allowed in counties and cities that permit them. The bill would lower the threshold to 30 percent.
It would not affect private clubs, which can sell mixed drinks without having to meet the food requirement.