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Proposed BYOB ban in 'dry' Chicago communities may bring backlash

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

In some parts of Chicago, BYOB — bring your own bottle — threatens to take on a new meaning.

A proposed ordinance could more appropriately be called "bring your own backlash." The culinary chat site LTHForum.com is already heating up about a proposed ban on BYOB in Chicago's dry neighborhoods, where merchants are prohibited from serving alcohol.

On the Chicago-based site Katie writes, "I think it's far from a done deal, but it's an issue Chicago diners should be concerned about."

And they are.

"The only fallback that we have to attract customers is to let them know that it is BYOB, so if they're disappointed about no wine, no beer they can bring that in themselves...being in a dry precinct and then not being able to let people BYOB seems like a double punishment," said Patty Rasmussen, Owner and Manager of Tre Kroner Restaurant.

On Sunday evening the Albany Park Swedish Bistro was hosting a private party with adult beverages. Allowing alcohol for these events and the dinner clientele contribute to the bottom line.

"We would lose them if they can only drink soda, coke or coffee with their dinner," said Rasmussen.

But west side Alderman Deborah Graham says that was not her intention when she proposed the BYOB ban.

"I was trying to address a concern, but it has opened up a conversation that needed to be had at some point," said Alderman Graham in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

"Why? I'd just be curious. Why? Were there problems that happened that you know of that brought this on," said Albany Park resident Karen Szyjka.

"The ordinance came about from some concerns from my constituency who live in a nearby vote dry precinct… There is a potential banquet hall opening up there and the intentions haven't been made clear by the proposed owner, so one of the things that came up at a community meeting is could these individuals allow bring your own bottle. So the idea came from that, that I would introduce an ordinance that wouldn't allow that in that particular precinct," said Alderman Graham.

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