Pa. court OKs beer sales at cafes run by Wegmans

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Beer sales at restaurants run by the Wegmans supermarket chain got court approval Monday in a pair of cases that expand where consumers can buy take-out alcohol.The unanimous decision in Commonwealth Court allows patrons to circumvent beer distributors where customers may only purchase beer by the case.

The court rejected arguments by the state beer retailers’ association that Wegmans created a “legal fiction” by routing suds sales through cafes that are attached by an interior passageway to their grocery stores.

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