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Restaurant owner Joe Grande is promoting a twist on the home food delivery model: When ordering your favourite pizza, wouldn't it be nice to have a bottle of red or some beer with that?
Grande said he's been trying for 25 years to get politicians and regulators to give this idea a proper hearing, and that will finally happen Monday.
"It's been 25 years that I've been trying to get the politicians to understand the needs and the services required for us to grow our business and to offer the service people want," said Grande, owner of the popular Mona Lisa Ristorante on Corydon Avenue.
"If someone said, 'I want a pizza, some veal, and send me a bottle of Coke and a bottle of wine,' that would be great if I could do that."
Grande is circulating a petition that will be presented to a legislative committee hearing Monday on the proposed merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Gaming Commission.
"There might be people willing to listen now to changing things," Grande said.
Alcohol products can be legally delivered in Manitoba -- Liquor Marts charge a fee for Monday to Saturday home delivery. Private wine stores also legally provide home delivery. And for decades, cabbies have been known to make a run to the liquor store or beer vendor for customers who can't get out.
"But because I'm a licensed operator, I can't do the same," Grande said. "It's time for that to change."
Grande is proposing legislation be changed to allow licensed dining rooms to sell beer and wine with their home-delivery menu.
Grande said the change would be beneficial to individuals who do not have easy access to transportation, those with mobility issues and seniors who don't want to make a trip to a beer vendor or a liquor store while waiting for their dinner to be delivered.
The petition is being circulated via email and is available at Grande's restaurant. He said he's accepting petition signatures until 10 a.m. Monday and then will prepare for that day's committee hearing.