Patch Poll: Should Downers Grove Create a BYOB license?

Council expected to vote on the matter Tuesday night.

Downers Grove Village Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to create a BYO license—which would allow customers to bring their own beer or wine into a restaurant—for four local businesses that have requested it. If the ordinance passes, additional business interested in the license could request it from the village as well.

So, the question is, do you like the idea of Downers Grove restaurants offering BYOB service? Vote in the poll below and voice your opinions in the comments.

Guy Brownson October 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM
only american quaffs need apply Red
Doug Grier October 11, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Seriously, with all the other things you can find downtown such as the transient hotel, methadone clinic, drunks at the train stations, and beat up roads we're worried about BYOB at a couple of fine establishments?
Eileen Kenah October 11, 2011 at 03:43 PM
I personally prefer a restaurant with a bar, but I know a lot of people that prefer BYOB. Why not give those people an option.
John Schofield October 11, 2011 at 03:53 PM
A big advantage of BYOB for the customer is CHOICE. A big advantage for the restaurant is freedom from dealing with the liquor industry. I'm really hoping my favorite little restaurant gets its BYOB license.
Robert Bykowski October 11, 2011 at 05:35 PM
The majority of the votes are in favor and I think it'd be interesting to hear from those who voted "no" as to why they don't think it would be a good idea.
Chad D. Walz October 11, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I could see bringing your own wine. I am not for this in general though. I can just see it now, people bringing in Jack Daniels and sitting at the bar and getting loaded on thier own store bought libation. Not only will you drive the bars out of town you will most likely create a fee that bars charge in order for you to bring your own in. I think this is bad policy at its best. There are much larger issues we need to tackle in this village.
Tony Cesare October 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Chad- The ordinance would allow for beer and wine, NOT spirits. Its exactly like you see in small restaurants in neighborhoods around Chicago, where its hard to get a liquor license. Moreover, a bar has no need to request this ordinance since they all ready have a license. Think Thai Cafe (just an example) expanding and adding tables, and allowing guests to BYOB. I agree there are bigger issues, I don't think this request replaces any. That is, unless Mr Waldack's premonition that a hardware store in town may request a BYOB license comes true...
Susan Carroll October 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM
I would totally go to that hardware store.
Chad D. Walz October 12, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Thanks Tony, I was not aware of the fine print. It passed unanimously.
Robert Bykowski October 12, 2011 at 12:30 AM
It did not pass unanimously. Durkin, Schnell voted no.
Robert Bykowski October 12, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Actually, I'm wrong. I had lemon tree on my mind when I read this, not byob.


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