The Tavern League of Wisconsin and our members are proud to serve our community. One of our top priorities is to keep our patrons safe. That is why we offer the SafeRide program. The goal of SafeRide is to eliminate drunk driving on Wisconsin’s roadways. As always, we encourage you to drink responsibly. However, if you feel like you’ve had too much to drink, ask your bartender if their establishment is a Tavern League member offering the SafeRide program. 

Below is a statement from Chris Marsicano, President, Tavern League Wisconsin, regarding the issuance of Emergency Order #7 by Public Health Madison and Dane County.

Today’s order by Public Health Madison and Dane County shutting down taverns is in direct conflict with the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, Wisconsin Legislature vs. Palm. A local government cannot have more authority than the state Department of Health. The Dane County Order blatantly ignores the Supreme Court decision and should be amended to comply with the Supreme Court decision.


Dane County tavern owners have had their businesses closed/restricted for over 100 days. These unlawful orders are causing irreparable financial harm to their small businesses, families and employees while other businesses continue to operate in the county.


With increased testing comes increased cases that should not come as a surprise. Like other businesses in the county our members provide a safe and responsible environment for their customers and employees. While county officials are quick to blame the industry, they conveniently ignore the historic protests the city has experienced over the last 3 weeks in which thousands of people congregated with no regard to social distancing.


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    Right now, the federal government is currently updating guidance on healthy diets, called the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). For decades, the DGA have provided evidence-based, practical information about diet and health, including the definition of moderate alcohol consumption for adults who choose to drink and advising that some people should not drink at all.



    American Beverage Licensees (ABL) elected officers to two-year terms at the association's 18th Annual Meeting in July. Officers elected were Mat Dinsmore of Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colorado, Treasurer; Juan Negrin of Super Wine Warehouse in Paterson, New Jersey, Vice President Off-Premise; Jay Gesner of Souse's Lounge in Rockford, Illinois, Vice President On-Premise; and Terry Harvath of Wishing Well Bar & Grill in Appleton, Wisconsin, At-Large Representative.

  • Dane County weekly positive rate drops from 13.4% to 2.1% when using factual data. Dane County Health Department did not count over 17,000 negative tests when calculating the 13.4% positive rate last week

  • All Madison Potbelly Sandwich Shops Close Except for One

    Three of the four Madison Potbelly Sandwich Shops have closed: One on State Street, one at West Towne Mall and one on University Avenue.

    A woman who answered the phone at the location near East Towne Mall said it's the only local Potbelly to remain open.

  • Bob Palmgren was working in the kitchen of his barbecue restaurant, RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission, Kan., last week when an 18-year-old employee rushed back to alert him of trouble.

    A customer in a red Make America Great Again cap was showing off his concealed weapon after being asked to wear a mask inside, saying he was exempt from the order because he was armed.


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