Bring your own bottle (BYOB). Is it good for restaurants?

Restaurant Broker in Dallas

Bring your own bottle (BYOB) policy can be good for restaurants, but it also has some significant downsides. If a restaurant has a BYOB policy, customers are allowed to bring their alcoholic beverage of choice to the restaurant. Strict licensing requirements and high taxes on alcohol sales have made the idea of restaurant owners to offer a Bring your own bottle (BYOB) popular.

Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “BYOB restaurants and bars are popular in Texas; this is a practice not commonly seen in Georgia, where I relocated from last year to Dallas, Texas. The concept of providing customers the freedom to BYOB is growing in cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Phoenix, and Dallas Fort Worth”.

EATS Broker provides a list of the pros and cons of owning a BYOB restaurant:


-Does not require a state license to serve liquor (restaurant owners may have a beer and wine license). Restaurant owners can save money by not paying for a full liquor license.

-Can charge a corkage fee, usually, $3-$10 is the average cost, but the cost can go up to $20-35 depending on the city and state.

-Buyers tend to spend more money on food and desserts

-Customers like the freedom to bring their drink

-Can charge for glassware or mixture to compliment their drinks

-There are no statewide BYOB laws in Texas

-Less storage space is needed in the restaurant for liquor inventory


-Liquor and cocktails are high-profit margin items on the menu

-When it’s time to sell the restaurant, BYOB concepts can be hard to resell to a buyer that prefers to have a full liquor license.

-Buyers can take advantage of the policy and order minimal food

-The server’s/waiters tips might be affected by lower check averages

-Customers can complain about the corkage fee

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