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Work Continues on New Alcohol Regulations

The Burlington Select Board is drafting rules for “Bring Your Own Bottle” permits at town restaurants, potentially allowing residents to bring a wine or beer into some establishments in town. 

Under the new rules, residents could bring a standard bottle of wine for every two adults in a dining party, or up to 36 ounces of beer per adult, between the hours of 12 p.m. and 11 p.m. 

The policy is not final and has not been voted on; multiple Select Board members said they wanted to take a deep dive into potential issues with the draft before any votes were taken. 

In addition to adding new sections, like BYOB permits, the Select Board is revisiting pieces of old policies that may no longer be relevant, like a rule allowing bars to institute tie-and-jacket or shirts-with-collars dress codes. 

“I don’t know who goes to a restaurant in dress shoes,” said Select Board Member Joe Morandi, who sits on the alcohol subcommittee. 

“I think we can just delete that,” said Select Board Vice Chair Mike Runyan. 

Town Administrator Paul Sagarino said Select Board members could submit their questions about the draft policy in advance of a meeting between the Board and the Alcohol Subcommittee to finalize a policy. 

The Select Board plans to revisit the policy on May 22.