Vice Squad
Saturday, April 30, 2005
The Unicard

Today's Fort Worth Star Telegram features this interesting AP story on alcohol regulation in Texas. Towards the end of the story we are told of the Unicard. In dry areas of Texas - of which there are many -- public restaurants cannot sell alcohol, but alcohol typically is allowed in private clubs. As a result, restaurants have an incentive to minimally reconstitute themselves (or parts of themselves) as private clubs. Where the Unicard comes in, it seems, is that a person who procures one of these cards qualifies for alcohol in all sorts of restaurants/private clubs. That is, the restaurants apparently operate as different "branches" of the same club, so that a person with a Unicard can buy alcohol at all the participating restaurants.

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