“BYOB won't be the right fit for every restaurant, but we want to lift the ban and let entrepreneurs make that decision for themselves. Other cities with BYOB have seen a more vibrant restaurant scene overall, with residents going out to eat more often because there are more affordable options.” That's what we're talking about.
You can't BYOB just anywhere
Obviously, if a restaurant already has a liquor license, you won’t be able to BYOB. The practice will also be restricted to restaurants with 30 seats or fewer, dine-in service, and liquor liability insurance.
Anything downtown is a no-go, since the proposal is primarily designed to spur economic growth in outlying neighborhoods, and help out smaller mom-and-pop places that can’t afford the hefty cost of a liquor license. According to Wu, the goal is to avoid creating competition between restaurants that have invested a lot in maintaining their licenses and local eateries that are just getting started.