According to city councilor and bill sponsor Michelle Wu, the whole point of lifting the BYO ban is to create a middle ground that increases options for small business owners and their customers:
“The target for BYOB is a restaurant looking to open in a smaller space where it'd be hard to spare refrigerator space for alcohol, restaurants with a niche menu, or new restaurants hoping to get in the pipeline for a liquor license,” she said in a recent interview for BostInno.
“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.