'Grill Bill' passes, will benefit N.C. hotels and restaurants

The North Carolina Senate approved S.B. 24, the "Grill Bill" on Thursday, opening the patio doors for hotels and restaurants to use outdoor grills for food preparation.

According to the language of the bill, the outdoor grill must have a cooking surface made of stainless steel or cast iron and must be stationed on a concrete or asphalt foundation. It must be supervised by an employee of the establishment and meet all sanitation requirements.

In addition, raw meats must be prepped indoors and handled only with utensils on the grill.

“The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association applauds the North Carolina Senate’s approval of S.B. 24," said association President and CEO Lynn Minges following the vote. "NCRLA has strongly supported this bill, as it will be very beneficial to food service establishments. It will allow the state’s restaurants and hotels to use outdoor grills to better serve their patrons, especially during the approaching summer months."

Although an earlier version of the bill called for an Oct. 1, 2017 effective date, the latest version becomes effectively immediately as soon as the governor signs it — perhaps just in time for Memorial Day.

The bill was sponsored by Sens. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond), Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and Jim Davis(R-Macon) and backed by House Speaker Tim Moore(R-Cleveland).

Rebecca Troyer
Editor-in-chief
Triad Business Journal

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