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'We are dying.' Tri-Cities breweries and wineries cry foul over state decision

July 20, 2020

Owners believed they were allowed to reopen with outside seating like restaurants under the modified Phase 1 plan for Benton and Franklin counties starting July 3. However, on Thursday Washington State clarified that drinking establishments that don't serve full meals made in their own kitchens are excluded from opening patios and decks. "It is incredibly disappointing," said Josh McDonald, the executive director of the Washington Wine Institute.