One of the best things about restaurants that don’t have a state liquor license is the opportunity they have to allow patrons to bring their own wine or liquor to the eatery.
Restaurants can do this by taking advantage of North Carolina’s “brown-bagging” permit, which allows each patron of an establishment to bring up to eight liters of wine or liquor, or eight liters of the two combined, into the restaurant to drink, according to the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
Restaurants, hotels, private clubs, community theaters and congressionally chartered veterans organizations, such as The American Legion, can apply for the permit, which costs $400 per year. That’s considerably less than the cost of a mixed beverage permit, which runs $1,000 per year, according to the ABC Commission.
If you’re a drinker, bringing your own bottle also substantially lowers the cost of dining out because wine markups at restaurants average two and a half to three times the wholesale cost, according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine.com. (Link: http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/May-2010/The-Lowdown-on-Restaurant-Markups/)
Plus, you can bring what you want without having to worry whether a restaurant will carry your favorite wine blend.
At least that’s what customers at Pizzetta’s Pizzeria have told general manager Bobby Lake.
“It’s not a cost-saving measure for us, we just got a lot of feedback from customers who said they enjoy it,” Lake said. “They get to choose their own stuff.”
The family-owned pizza and Italian restaurant at 4107-F Oleander Drive, which has been in business since February 2011, is opening a second location in Leland that also will allow customers to bring their own spirits. The family plans to offer beer and wine at both locations in the future, Lake said.
Another pizza joint, Brooklyn Pizza Co. at 6932 Market St., also allows diners to bring alcohol, manager Drew Anderson said.
For a slight corkage fee of $15, patrons of Catch, a seafood restaurant at 6623 Market St., and Phun Seafood Bar, at 215 Princess St., also can BYOB, Angela Rhodes, the restaurants’ owner and mangier, said.
For more information about North Carolina’s liquor laws, click here.
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Date posted: October 31, 2012
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