By Cleve Bryan and Hadas Kuznits
HADDONFIELD, NJ (CBS) – With a wide variety of restaurants, just about the only thing you won’t find on a menu in Historic Downtown Haddonfield is alcohol – until now.
Haddonfield prohibits the sale of alcohol by stores and restaurants but there is a new twist to the town that’s been “dry” for over a century.
This month Jersey Java and Tea started selling bottles of wine thanks to a 2012 New Jersey law that allows businesses to partner with wineries to sell their products.
MiaMare Ristorante and The Little Tuna in Haddonfield are waiting state approval to be next to sell bottles of wine.
“It’s a great opportunity and we will be more than happy to open it for them and it’s just more or less a convenience feature,” says Walt Ziejewski, owner of MiaMare. “You know, it’s not going to be a full bar; it’s going to be by the bottle only where it’s more of a retail outlet for the wine.”
Under the law a winery can partner with up to 15 businesses to sell bottles with the winery receiving 100 percent of the sale.
“It’s a benefit to the customer, it’s a benefit to the small business and it’s a benefit to us because we can have an additional outlet to sell our wine there,” says Joanna Clarke at Coda Rossa winery which plans to partner with MiaMare.
In the last five years New Jersey has gone from 29 to 50 licensed wineries according to state officials with 8 more pending licensure.
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