Patrons now free to BYOB thanks to Champaign Council approval

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CHAMPAIGN – According to our partners at the Champaign News-Gazette, patrons to certain types of businesses will now be able to bring their own alcohol, thanks to the approval of two new types of liquor licenses.

The News-Gazette reports the Champaign City Council unanimously approved two new liquor license types at their meeting on Tuesday, March 1. Patrons will now be able to bring as much as a bottle of wine, three bottles of beer or up to three ounces of liquor per person.

Reporter Johnathan Hettinger writes this statue applies to two new types of licenses – a $500 license for a restaurant and a $250 license for a business that allows BYOB in “its normal course of operations” such as painting classes that allow participants to bring along alcohol.

Champaign staff tell the News-Gazette they do not expect to see an impact on the budget because other communities that have approved such ordinances have not seen a rise in BYOB businesses.

Champaign businesses have been banned from allowing BYOB since 1984, despite the city of Urbana and other communities not regulating it.

The full article from the News-Gazette can be found here.

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