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Marengo creates BYOB liquor permit for restaurants

MARENGO – Marengo has joined nearby Woodstock as one of the few places in the area to allow customers to bring beer or wine into restaurants to accompany their meal, according to city officials.

Police Chief Joseph Hallman crafted the new liquor classification after StoneBakers Pizza in downtown Marengo approached him about wanting to allow customers to have beer and wine with their pizza.

The City Council earlier this week easily approved the “bring your own beer” permit, inspired by similar liquor ordinances in Woodstock. The new permit gives customers another dining alternative and helps promote the downtown, Hallman said.

“I would also much rather have people, if they are drinking, eat something along with it,” he said.

The permit allows customers to bring their own beer and wine into Marengo restaurants as a complement to their meal. Only restaurants that make more than 40 percent in annual revenue off the sale of food can apply for the BYOB permit.

Restaurants will have to pay a $200 annual fee to maintain the permit. The City Council has the authority to approve or deny individual applicants.

Hallman said that StoneBakers plans to apply now that the council created the permit. He hadn’t heard of other restaurants wanting to do the same.

StoneBakers opened in 2010 at 105 Municipal Lot Drive, next door to Sam’s Tavern in the downtown. The business serves pizza, ribs, sandwiches and a variety of appetizers.

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