Closing on St. Patrick’s Day was a gut punch to Jo and Chris Armstrong, owners of the Blue Dome District’s Arnie’s Bar for the past 16 years.
“Arnie’s is what we do, so when we get shut down it is a huge hit on our family,” Jo says. The Armstrongs renovated and updated the bar space during the two-month shutdown, eventually reopening and welcoming back regulars and new faces.
But it didn’t stop the couple from brainstorming. Thanks to a law change that allows bars to deliver alcohol to persons over the age of 21, the Armstrongs created Tipsy Truck Delivery, a new business that delivers booze, beers, wine, snacks, drinking accessories and more in about an hour.
Shoppers can also schedule a delivery or opt for curbside pickup at Arnie’s. It allows the Armstrongs and the Arnie’s staff to “do what we know and love, but in a little different way,” according to Jo.
A $7 delivery fee is set on orders under $75; the fee decreases after that based on location in Tipsy Truck’s 25 delivery zip codes. Deliveries can be made seven days a week until midnight.
Legal drinking age is confirmed on the site twice, and the customer’s driver’s license is scanned upon delivery.
Jo says this service is perfect for gift giving, such as sending a bottle of Champagne to new homeowners or thanking someone for a job well done with a pack of beer.
“People love ‘boozing’ someone, so we have cute gift bags with custom tags that say ‘You got boozed by (name)’,” she says. “Those have been a lot of fun.” They’re also working with local breweries to create a local beer advent calendar where recipients will get a new and different, local craft beer daily until Christmas.