Freeport Discussing Bring Your Own Booze Ordinance for Restaurants

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- ‘This Is It Eatery’ owner, Randall Skeens knows what his restaurant is missing: the ability to serve beer or wine with meals. That problem may be resolved soon with a proposed ordinance would allow customers to bring their own drinks into Freeport restaurants. An idea Skeens says would be a big boost to business.

"That's the uniqueness of it. It's just a different concept. Other cities are doing it throughout the United States. It's not just Freeport, it's all over. We just want to add something different to Freeport”, says Skeens.

Freeport City Council has been debating a ‘bring your own booze law’. BYOB made its first appearance in front of aldermen two weeks ago and was voted down 3-4. Despite the failed measure, the ordinance may be brought up for discussion Monday night.

Mayor George Gaulrapp says the ordinance would help give restaurants an extra tool to succeed in the city.

In order for the ordinance to appear on the council floor again, an alderman who initially voted against it must revive it. However, some councilmembers are hoping the liquor law doesn't get a second chance.

"Establishments that already have a liquor license, would not like to see it altered in any way. This is just a way to get a cheaper liquor license. I don't feel it would be a great way to monitor who is coming in with or going out with open or unopened liquor”, says Freeport alderman at-large Andrew Crutchfield.

If the proposed law does pass, restaurants would pay a one-time, one thousand dollar fee for BYOB.

The current fee for a regular liquor license in Freeport is $10,000.

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