Alderman aims to dry up BYOB businesses - FOX 32 News Chicago

Alderman aims to dry up BYOB businesses

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

 A good 'Sunday Funday' in Chicago often starts with a great BYOB spot. But one city alderman wants to stick a cork in BYOB businesses. 

Alderman Deborah Graham wants to stop places like hair salons and nail shops from letting customers bring their drink of choice into the facility. The alderman's proposal does not specifically exempt restaurants.

Back in October, Graham brought up an issue about dry precincts allowing BYOB businesses. In those areas, the business can't legally serve alcohol to a customer or a client, but there is no limitation in city law that prevents a customer or client from "bringing their own bottle." She says the idea of BYOB businesses defeats the purpose of a dry precinct.

Graham's proposed ordinance would establish a process which aldermen could designate areas where BYOB would be prohibited in businesses other than restaurants. If a business violated the law, they would have to pay a fine between $500 and $1,000.

Several other aldermen have voiced their support for the law and the measure has been sent to the license committee.



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