RALEIGH --  The North Carolina Senate approved S.B. 24 today.

The bill, known as the ‘Grill Bill,’ allows restaurants to grill food outside on a cast iron or stainless steel cooking surface. The grill will need to be supervised at all times and will need to be stored in an enclosed area.

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

"The NCRLA (North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association) has strongly supported this bill, as it will be very beneficial to food service establishments," said Lynn Minges, president and CEO of the NCRLA. "It will allow the state’s restaurants and hotels to use outdoor grills to better serve their patrons, especially during the approaching summer months. Our members, and in turn their customers, will benefit from the added flexibility to grow their services while lowering overhead costs."

The bill now awaits Gov. Roy Cooper's signature into law.