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Posted By: Admin DreamingCode

Dear Boston Members,

Please be advised that the city of Boston will having a public hearing on a proposal to "Bring your own Bottle (BYOB)" to non-licensed establishments today at Boston City Hall.

The MRA has been working with the proponents of this proposal and believes the proposed regulations will protect existing license holders while also encouraging growth in under-served areas of the city.

The regulations as drafted will limit the BYOB permit to restaurants that have a capacity of 30 seats or less. Additionally,restaurants in the Downtown, North End, South End, Bay Village, Fenway, Chinatown, Seaport, West End, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston will be excluded from obtaining any BYOB permit. Finally, any BYOB permit holder would need to have liquor liability insurance and all servers must complete an in-person safe service of alcohol training program. Customers would only be able to bring wine in containers no greater than 750ml and malt beverages no greater than 16oz.

If the City Council were to vote to lift the existing ban on BYOB, then the licensing commission would then hold a public hearing process to enact the final regulations.

Any BYOB permit would, of course have to go through the neighborhood vetting process before being issued.

As this is an ongoing process, please do not hesitate to contact the MRA if additional concerns arise.

Please click for BYOB Ordinance and Draft Regulations

Bob Luz
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
508-573-4199 ( Direct Dial - Office)
978-201-9291 (Mobile)