West Springfield loophole: BYOB is allowed at any restaurant

Agawam, Westfield, and Springfield currently allow similar BYOB regulations

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Under current rules, you can bring your own beer or wine to any West Springfield restaurant. Mayor William Reichelt now wants to create a requirement to register businesses that want to sell alcohol.

In West Springfield, any hour can easily become happy hour, because no regulation has ever been created to prohibit customers from bringing their own bottle to any business that serves food. Because there is no formal city-wide regulation, you can technically and legally bring in your own beer or wine to any restaurant in town.

Mayor Reichelt has put a proposal with the city clerk and licensing commission, where town restaurants with no liquor license can apply for a BYOB license. “It won’t be like a McDonald’s or other types of bigger places. It’ll be family sit-down restaurants that already don’t have access to a liquor license.”

The mayor said businesses that apply for a BYOB license wouldn’t be able to charge customers for bringing their own drinks. He’s not putting a cap on how many businesses could have a BYOB license, and each license would cost a few hundred dollars.

The Town Council is expected to vote on the proposal November 7th.

Agawam, Westfield, and Springfield currently allow similar BYOB regulations.

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