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#201 Post by Robert.Fleming » June 27th, 2012, 2:54 pm

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Brian Love wrote:Late to the game, but Local 3 never charges us corkage. We call ahead and they clear it. Try the burger at lunch. Pretty good stuff. I'm a fan overall - besides, it's not expensive, you get what you pay for.... Their charcuterie is pretty darned good, too.

Long story short, Local 3 is one of the most corkage friendly restaurants in Atlanta and they do a bunch of wine events. I think we should try to support those places that actually like those of us that bring wines... Granted I agree the food has to be passable.

Going to the Spence on Sunday. I'm torn between bringing and checking out their list.
Does Local 3 now serve lunch, outside of the sorta small space that I always thought mainly provided takeout for the office workers?
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#202 Post by Michael Bowden » June 27th, 2012, 8:35 pm

Any idea on STK?
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#203 Post by Dennis Sullivan » June 29th, 2012, 4:12 pm

Food 101 - $15

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#204 Post by Dennis Sullivan » June 29th, 2012, 4:18 pm

The Spence - don't know the regular corkage, but we had a call ahead table with six winos via (Advanced) Sommelier Justin Amick, son of Bob Amick of Concentrics, and paid no corkage on a dozen bottles.

Although we didn't order from their wine list I was tempted because it is really good and interesting.

And the food was Outstanding.

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#205 Post by Dennis Sullivan » July 11th, 2012, 3:14 pm

Gu's Bistro got a license and now charges $10/bottle. I asked regarding a large party of winos, and they said they it's $10/bottle but capped at $50/table.

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#206 Post by Baptiste D. » August 11th, 2012, 7:25 am

Lure in mid-town was $20 corkage with Riedel stems.

Started with octopus and pork lettuce wrap. The octopus was really nice, soft and tender without losing all the flavor.

I had the NC mountain trout (bone-in) and it was fantastic. Love the space, very open and modern. If they can keep the quality up it will stay in the regular rotation for sure!
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#207 Post by John Liotta » August 12th, 2012, 6:01 pm

Visited the Optimist for the first time last night (after a nice dinner at Bocado FWIW). We were there for about 15 minutes. No one spoke to us: and all of the people in an earshot of us were complaining- either to servers or to their dining companions. Needless to say we didn't stick around to find out for ourselves. We decided to hit Miller Union instead and were not disappointed.
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#208 Post by bradkaplan » August 13th, 2012, 8:18 am

I've had two good lunches at the optimist, both around 1:30pm when it was pretty quiet. No desire to go on a weekend night, but good otherwise.
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#209 Post by Alan Gottlieb » September 3rd, 2012, 10:12 am

No246 in Decatur

Corkage suppose to be 10 dollars a bottle. There last night was not charged for

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#210 Post by Rod Gunther » September 5th, 2012, 10:32 am

Really enjoying the BYO tips and restaurant reviews. I have a couple of updates that are accurate as of my last visits. Parkers On Ponce now charging $10 per bottle (might even be $15, haven't been there in about 6 months). Sun In My Belly is one of my favorite spots. They didn't have a beer/wine license until recently, so no corkage, but I believe they are now charging $5 a bottle. Almost always great food and very BYO friendly. Really like Cafe Saigon on Bufurd Hwy. They say $10 a bottle, but I usually bring a couple and have never been charged more than $10 total. Does Rathbun's still have the ridiculous policy of 2 bottles max per table? Had a very bad experience there about 18 months ago when a friend visiting from N'ville and I each brought 2 bottles of (very high end) Chard and Cab for a US vs France comparison. Despite trying to rationalize and almost plead with the GM, 2 bottles came home with us. I felt like an idiot as I chose the spot based on wonderful previous experiences at that restaurant. My point being....one person can sit there and drink 2 bottles by themselves if they choose, but a party of 6 or 8 is limited to 2 bottles? Sorry for the rant, I guess I'm excited about finding a forum for this topic!

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#211 Post by John Liotta » March 11th, 2013, 1:25 pm

Updated as of 3/11. May have missed a few at the end of the thread. Still need a few of the newer restaurants as well.
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#212 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 11th, 2013, 1:26 pm

John Liotta wrote:Updated as of 3/11. May have missed a few at the end of the thread. Still need a few of the newer restaurants as well.
That's a massive list!
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#213 Post by Michael Bowden » March 11th, 2013, 1:54 pm

John Liotta wrote: Fuoco di Napoli- No longer allowing BYO
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Fuoco is not closed also.
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#214 Post by John Liotta » March 16th, 2013, 1:48 pm

Michael Bowden wrote:
John Liotta wrote: Fuoco di Napoli- No longer allowing BYO
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Fuoco is not closed also.
Do you mean now closed? Because they are.

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#215 Post by Michael Bowden » March 16th, 2013, 1:55 pm

John Liotta wrote:
Michael Bowden wrote:
John Liotta wrote: Fuoco di Napoli- No longer allowing BYO
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Fuoco is not closed also.
Do you mean now closed? Because they are.

http://www.fuocodinapoli.com
Yes...meant NOW.
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#216 Post by bradkaplan » March 16th, 2013, 7:43 pm

couple updates: floataway cafe is $20/btl, their list is pretty nice and well priced
cakes and ale is $25, but will waive that with purchase of one of their bottles (also a very good wine list)
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#217 Post by Robert.Fleming » March 26th, 2013, 8:09 am

John Liotta wrote:Updated as of 3/11. May have missed a few at the end of the thread. Still need a few of the newer restaurants as well.
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#218 Post by John Liotta » June 20th, 2013, 9:32 am

Looking for updates for some new restaurants- King & Duke, Salt Yard, Argosy, etc. Also would be helpful to get some info on some places in city of Roswell. Further updates to the list have been added today. In addition, a few of us visited Umi and there is no real corkage fee to speak of. I hesitate to add it to the list because they speculate that they will have a policy in place soon (and will be open for lunch in a few weeks as well). So far we have not been charged.
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#219 Post by John Liotta » July 27th, 2013, 1:32 pm

Okay, I updated again. Still looking for some updates from you guys on new restaurants but I didn't get any responses the last time. Here are some that I would like info for:

Table and Main
Little Alley Steak House
Argosy
King & Duke
Salt Yard
The General Muir (been 15 times just never asked)
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#220 Post by adam landa » July 27th, 2013, 3:45 pm

Went to The Optimist a week ago Friday...loved it. Brought a 2000 Clos des Papes that was singing...offered a taste to our server who was very knowledgeable on the menu and enjoyed wine...no corkage charged.

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#221 Post by RKatz » August 1st, 2013, 7:34 pm

Gu's Bistro is $10 not $20
Gunshow is Free
Restaurant Eugene is $25, waived if purchase from list. May waive or charge for 1 or 2 bottles if you share.
Au Rendezvous now open by PDK airport, $4 per person
Shorty's Tucker - $10
Shorty's Lavista - $15
Park 75 - $20 (often per table)
Tomo - $20 or free if you mention ad on opentable.com BYO list

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#222 Post by Michael Bowden » August 2nd, 2013, 1:39 pm

General Muir is $20
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#223 Post by Alan Gottlieb » September 1st, 2013, 9:14 am

King and Duke $12

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#224 Post by Thomas Concilio » November 3rd, 2013, 8:29 am

Fish Thyme in Acworth is $10.

BTW, the food is really good. This is the same owner/chef as Capers.
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#225 Post by bradkaplan » November 8th, 2013, 4:33 am

btw, anyone ever get a good explanation of why Gunshow is not allowed to let people bring in wine? they've insisted that it's some kind of special city ordinance that prevents them from doing so.
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#226 Post by Jeff Viscomi » November 30th, 2013, 11:46 am

Ink & Elm in Emory Village wanted $35. Wine list was decent, food was good not great. Some nice cocktails on their list and it's practically walking distance for me.

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#227 Post by Chad Richardson » January 24th, 2014, 12:01 pm

St Cecilia (Ford Fry's new place in the old BluePointe space across from Phipps)...$12 per bottle, 2 bottle/table limit
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#228 Post by Chad Richardson » January 24th, 2014, 3:53 pm

Canoe $15
Blue Ridge Grille $10, limit 3 btls
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#229 Post by Thomas Concilio » January 25th, 2014, 12:21 pm

Chad Richardson wrote:Canoe $15
Blue Ridge Grille $10, limit 3 btls
Canoe $15, never been charged before. This must something new. Anybody know or confirm?
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#230 Post by Chad Richardson » January 25th, 2014, 2:36 pm

Thomas Concilio wrote:
Chad Richardson wrote:Canoe $15
Blue Ridge Grille $10, limit 3 btls
Canoe $15, never been charged before. This must something new. Anybody know or confirm?
At least what they told me on the phone. May go tomorrow night. If so, will report on actual experience.
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#231 Post by Armando Basarrate » January 26th, 2014, 9:19 am

Sotto Sotto: there on Friday. New, to me at least, 1 bottle limit along with the $30 corkage. Waiter informed us that the restaurant may soon be doing away with BYO altogether. Expect I will be going there less and Bocalupe more.

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#232 Post by Chad Richardson » January 26th, 2014, 12:28 pm

Chad Richardson wrote:St Cecilia (Ford Fry's new place in the old BluePointe space across from Phipps)...$12 per bottle, 2 bottle/table limit
When we arrived, server confirmed we were aware of the $12 charge. But waived it by the end of the evening. YMMV
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#233 Post by bradkaplan » January 26th, 2014, 1:10 pm

Armando Basarrate wrote:Sotto Sotto: there on Friday. New, to me at least, 1 bottle limit along with the $30 corkage. Waiter informed us that the restaurant may soon be doing away with BYO altogether. Expect I will be going there less and Bocalupe more.

Hit Boccalupo a week ago, brought two bottles, no corkage charged. Btw, Bruce is knocking it out of the park.
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#234 Post by Armando Basarrate » January 26th, 2014, 2:11 pm

bradkaplan wrote:
Armando Basarrate wrote:Sotto Sotto: there on Friday. New, to me at least, 1 bottle limit along with the $30 corkage. Waiter informed us that the restaurant may soon be doing away with BYO altogether. Expect I will be going there less and Bocalupe more.

Hit Boccalupo a week ago, brought two bottles, no corkage charged. Btw, Bruce is knocking it out of the park.
Although I have only been there twice, was very impressed with the food and the vibe.

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#235 Post by Chad Richardson » January 26th, 2014, 7:03 pm

Chad Richardson wrote:
Thomas Concilio wrote:
Chad Richardson wrote:Canoe $15
Blue Ridge Grille $10, limit 3 btls
Canoe $15, never been charged before. This must something new. Anybody know or confirm?
At least what they told me on the phone. May go tomorrow night. If so, will report on actual experience.
I am beyond impressed with Canoe customer service.

First, apparently $15 per bottle is now their policy, as our server confirmed we were aware of the charge when we arrived. However....

Taking our bottle to the bar to decant, the somm was bumped and our bottle dropped. Along with a sincere apology, he:
1)comped our entire dinner for 4
2)comped an equal to better bottle from their list
3)ordered a replacement for the broken bottle

Above and beyond, having earned an incredibly loyal customer and a lot of positive referrals to follow.
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#236 Post by John Liotta » January 26th, 2014, 7:08 pm

Chad Richardson wrote: I am beyond impressed with Canoe customer service.

First, apparently $15 per bottle is now their policy, as our server confirmed we were aware of the charge when we arrived. However....

Taking our bottle to the bar to decant, the somm was bumped and our bottle dropped. Along with a sincere apology, he:
1)comped our entire dinner for 4
2)comped an equal to better bottle from their list
3)ordered a replacement for the broken bottle

Above and beyond, having earned an incredibly loyal customer and a lot of positive referrals to follow.

Matt Bradford is a great dude. Sorry I haven't updated in a while. Been traveling forever. Also, a lot of new restaurants to add and a few closures. I will try and do it this week.
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#237 Post by Dennis Atick » January 27th, 2014, 11:39 am

I was charged $15 at Bocca Lupo this past Saturday.
Fourth or fifth visit with carrying wine in and the first time I was charged.
Didn't bother to inquire as it was only one bottle and $15 is no big deal.
The food is so freaking good and seems to only be getting better.
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#238 Post by dcornutt » February 3rd, 2014, 2:00 pm

Eugene's now has no corkage on Mondays.
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#239 Post by John Liotta » March 1st, 2014, 6:58 am

Better Half, the restaurant from the Push Start Kitchen folks, still doesn't have their liquor license. They think they'll have it in a week or so. Right now there is no corkage fee. When they get it there will be one. They will have a small wine and beer list. Unfortunately the food is terrible. We seem to be in the minority on this though, since every other person in the world likes it.
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#240 Post by bradkaplan » March 3rd, 2014, 6:34 pm

Dang, too bad on Better Half - my two meals there have been very good (and free corkage, which always helps).
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#241 Post by Dennis Sullivan » April 28th, 2014, 10:26 pm

Has anybody encountered a sudden change in BYOB treatment?

City of Atlanta appears to be getting ugly about it, deciding they want to collect stiff annual "Bottle House" license fees even if restaurant has an alcohol license.

http://www.garestaurants.org/News?mode= ... mi=1542453

Here To Serve and Fifth Group Restauants seem to have cut it off.
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#242 Post by bradkaplan » April 30th, 2014, 8:12 pm

Dennis - Concentrics has also ended BYOB. What a ridiculous thing for the city to crack down on. I'll have a blog post up about it on Creative Loafing in the AM. Thanks for posting that link to the GRA warning.
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#243 Post by bradkaplan » April 30th, 2014, 8:38 pm

by the way, just another reason to be jealous of our friends in Decatur…
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#244 Post by Dennis Atick » May 1st, 2014, 1:07 pm

bradkaplan wrote:by the way, just another reason to be jealous of our friends in Decatur…
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#245 Post by bradkaplan » May 1st, 2014, 1:11 pm

Here's the link: http://clatl.com/omnivore/archives/2014 ... wn-on-byob

I'm still trying to get responses from the city and the GRA. And our friend Rowdy apparently has some conspiracy theories about what's going on : )

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#246 Post by Dennis Sullivan » May 1st, 2014, 10:27 pm

Brad, thanks for the good write-up. A friend - who told several us about the Fifth Group decision - actually emailed the link to your story tonight. Bob Fleming has done some research as well, and found the GRA alert.

I'm a suburbanite, and regularly come into Atlanta to patronize restaurants, but mostly only those that permit corkage, and strongly those that are free or low cost. These exist in other areas, and I and others can more often take our business to them if the City of Atlanta forces its restaurants to be unwelcoming of BYOB. Ends up costing both the restaurants and thereby the city in tax revenues.

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#247 Post by Thomas Concilio » May 2nd, 2014, 7:21 am

Dennis Sullivan wrote:Brad, thanks for the good write-up. A friend - who told several us about the Fifth Group decision - actually emailed the link to your story tonight. Bob Fleming has done some research as well, and found the GRA alert.

I'm a suburbanite, and regularly come into Atlanta to patronize restaurants, but mostly only those that permit corkage, and strongly those that are free or low cost. These exist in other areas, and I and others can more often take our business to them if the City of Atlanta forces its restaurants to be unwelcoming of BYOB. Ends up costing both the restaurants and thereby the city in tax revenues.
Dennis,

I agree with you 100%. Yes, we will patronize restaurants that are byob friendly and outside of Atlanta. The problem with the city is that they only see the $2000 permit. It is hard for them to quantify(see) the loss of our dinning dollars.

I wonder if Bones or Chops has this license? Are they in the City of Atlanta? There are some very influential patrons who dine there.
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#248 Post by bradkaplan » May 3rd, 2014, 5:40 am

Basically no one has this "bottle house" license - and the city insists now that no one needs to get it - that everything is status quo, no cause for stopping BYOB, no crackdown whatsoever. I let Fifth Group know this, hopefully they'll resume their BYOB policy and the dialog on clarifying city ordinances can continue without actually disrupting restaurants/diners.
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#249 Post by Thomas Concilio » May 3rd, 2014, 6:23 am

bradkaplan wrote:Basically no one has this "bottle house" license - and the city insists now that no one needs to get it - that everything is status quo, no cause for stopping BYOB, no crackdown whatsoever. I let Fifth Group know this, hopefully they'll resume their BYOB policy and the dialog on clarifying city ordinances can continue without actually disrupting restaurants/diners.
If that is the case, and I hope it is, why did everybody get their panties in a wad?
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#250 Post by bradkaplan » May 3rd, 2014, 6:39 pm

Thomas, the laws on the books on this are so unclear it's absurd. Even if the mayor says everyone can do BYOB, the law is not so clear, and the penalties ARE clear - they are severe. So it's seen as a risk by restaurants.
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