The Boston Licensing Board today approved its first license for a restaurant to let patrons bring their own beer and wine - to Seven Star Street Bistro on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale.
Next week, the board considers a BYOB request from My Sisters Crawfish on Adams Street in Fields Corner.
City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) and then Councilor Steve Murphy began pushing for BYOB two years ago as a way to help smaller restaurants in outer neighborhoods attract customers in a city where a set number of liquor licenses has driven their price out of reach for all but the larger chains and operators. Mayor Walsh and the entire council signed off on the idea last fall; the licensing board then approved formal regulations in January.
Seven Star owner Chris Lin said he hopes to start letting patrons bring their bottles into his 16-seat restaurant as soon as possible - most of his staff already have training in dealing with alcohol service, which is one of the requirements of the new regulations.
Once up and running, Seven Star customers over 21 will be able to bring in one bottle of wine or up to 64 ounces of beer each, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. (they won't be able to go out to refill their supplies, though).
BYOB licenses, which cost $400 - compared to high five-figures for a full beer and wine license - are available to restaurants with fewer than 30 seats and no alcohol license outside of the North End, the South End, Bay Village, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Chinatown, the Seaport and the West End.