The City of Madison has dropped its opposition to Taco Bell Cantina's request for an alcohol license. The fast food chain will be allowed to sell alcohol in the coming days on State Street. The city council had failed last fall to override Mayor Soglin's veto which prevented the business from moving forward with acquiring an alcohol license. The matter then proceeded to court due to a lawsuit brought by Taco Bell against the city, which was supported by Judge Rhonda Lanford. It was subsequently due to be heard on appeal.
District 6 Alder Marsha Rummel has introduced legislation that would allow alcohol to be served on site, in addition to be sold for customers to take home.
Wisconsin Public Radio discusses high risk drinking; New Madison group combats littering, promotes drunkenness
As anyone who lives in Wisconsin knows, alcohol is common at most public events. Now there is a group calling itself "Drunk in Public Picking up Litter." What looks like a very good natured and well-intentioned people are now partnering with local taverns to pick up trash.
The event coincides with a new feature series on Wisconsin Public Radio entitled "High Tolerance: Wisconsin's Complicated Relationship with Alcohol."
Knowledge is power. Understanding the complexity of the harms related to alcohol use requires scientific and media literacy. This article (How Much Alcohol Can You Drink Safely? by Kim Tingley) in the New York Times published last week explains some of the complexities. My two cents on the issue are that we ought not only look at direct health impacts like cancer or heart disease, but we should be looking at broader public health impacts.
Who would have thunk it? Christopher Snowden has written several books about how government should get out of the business of regulating peoples' health. He is a hired spokesperson for the tobacco industry. I urge you to read this article about him in Forbes and then do a little research on your own.
Alder Marsha Rummel sent out a recent invite to take part in a, "neighborhood meeting where we will hear about a proposal to open Tapster, a self-pour tasting room, at 2000 Atwood Avenue, former location of Vault Interiors & Design. Tapster’s offerings would include beer, cider, wine, cocktails, kombucha, soda, juice, and cold brew coffee on tap, and they would have skee ball, a pool table and shuffleboard. They would not have a kitchen but would partner with neighboring restaurants to offer their food to Tapster’s customers. Proposed hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 5pm-12am; Friday, 4pm-2am; Saturday, 11am-2am; and Sunday, 11am-11pm. They are considering opening Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm, as a co-working space. They would need a Class B Combination Liquor & Beer license, but they have not yet applied."
The public meeting was inconveniently timed - 7 pm on Wednesday, May 8th. Many neighborhood parents and relatives were attending an all school band concert at O'Keeffe Middle School and could not attend the neighborhood meeting. It is not clear if Tapster is the same outfit as this one in Chicago, but it seems likely.
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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a background in addictions counseling living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.