UPDATED 1:30 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPT. 6:
YORKVILLE – BYOB for Yorkville businesses? There may soon be a liquor license code amendment for that.
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson said city staff received a request from the owners of Flight Tasting Room and Bottle Shoppe to allow patrons to bring their own bottles of beer into the business. In response to the request, he said, staff is proposing to create a bring-your-own-beer and wine license class within the city code.
“They’re not going to allow it 100% of the time but they would want to have it for special events," Olson said. "Because if they did it all of the time, they would lose out on some sales.”
Olson said the proposed new license class, "Class J: Bring Your Own," would allow restaurants generating more than 50% of its gross annual revenue from food sales to allow patrons to bring in their own alcohol to consume with ordered food on the premises. He said the second part of the proposed license would allow taverns, bars, restaurants or bar and grills that already hold liquor licenses to allow patrons to bring their own beverages without having to obtain an additional license.
The annual license fee for the proposed Class J license on its own would be $250, according to city documents.
Tony Weeks, one of the owners for the shop that is expected to open this month, said he wanted to have the store and tasting room's license to allow for BYOB so the business could host bottle shares in the future. He said the idea is for members of the business's possible beer club to maybe once per month bring in bottles of beer they may have brewed themselves or even bring in beers from out of state.
“We definitely wanted to be able to have those as well, because we know that the craft beer crowd … likes to participate in those,” Weeks said.
The matter was originally on the agenda for the city's Thursday, Sept. 5 public safety committee meeting. City officials said the meeting was canceled due to a lack of quorum.
Currently, the village of Oswego and the city of Plano allow for similar BYOB licenses, according to city and village codes. The Oswego code requires restaurants who want that type of license to generate more than 60% of its gross annual revenue from food sales whereas Plano's code requires 40%.
Olson said he anticipated the matter to be brought back for discussion for the next public safety committee meeting or to be brought before the full City Council during one of their meetings, if requested.
The matter is on the agenda for the city's 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 special public safety committee meeting at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.
• This story has been updated to include the time, date and place of the next special Yorkville public safety committee meeting.