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New 'bring your own beer' policy

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ATLANTA - Do you wish that you could take your own bottle of alcohol to your favorite Atlanta restaurant? This dream may become possible as Atlanta city hall is making a new policy change that would allow restaurant’s to adopt a “bring your own beer,” policy.

“They (consumers) can contact a restaurant before going, ask them if I'm permitted to bring my own alcoholic beverage. Perhaps it's a product that the business doesn't offer. Perhaps it's a special product that they purchased on a trip overseas, or something that has sentimental value to their family. So it creates more options for consumers,” said restaurant attorney Michael Sard.

The proposed rule change would eliminate a city hall requirement that merchants carry a separate BYOB license at a cost of $2,000. Restaurants are already paying $5,000 a year for their regular pouring permit.

“I think that it would be great. I am a former restaurant owner so I know that it's really hard to find the bottle of wine that you want to carry in your location, you know, for your consumers. So I think that it would help from the restaurant's perspective,” said Leanna Abbatte.

The old bottle license requirement has been the policy for decades, but few merchants want to buy it. 

City Councilman Michael Bond who chaired an alcohol task force says that the policy move should eliminate a lot of confusion.

“They (restaurants) were fearful that folks would bring in their own bottles, or their own beer, and they would lose money on the loss or sale. But they can charge a corking fee. The city is not out enforcing BYOB,” said Bond. 

If your favorite bar or restaurant has a pouring license then you can bring any type of liquor, beer, or wine with the merchant’s permission. Expect the merchant to charge an open bottle fee as the policy change takes effect.   

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