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    Roslindale restaurant gets city’s first BYOB license

    Cheers, restaurant-goers. You can now “bring your own bottle” — of beer or wine — to a Roslindale eatery when venturing out for the night.

    Seven Star Street Bistro, which describes itself as three restaurant concepts packed into a single location, has been awarded the city’s first so-called BYOB license.

    City Council President Michelle Wu announced the development on Twitter last week, alerting diners they can swing around to the food spot with beverages in tow.


    Seven Star “has gotten their BYOB license and is open for BYOBing tonight,” Wu proclaimed online.

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    Wu spearheaded efforts to bring the BYOB concept to Boston. The idea won the support of Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

    Regulations were approved by the city’s Licensing Board in January, though applicants have been slow to respond.

    The licenses are seen as a cheaper alternative for business owners who can’t afford full liquor licenses, which are pricey and often hard to acquire. They’re also meant to aid smaller or newer establishments trying to entice diners who want to imbibe.

    Under the rules, customers can bring a bottle of wine or up to 64 ounces of beer, per person, to the restaurant, between 5 and 11 p.m. (Sorry, no mimosas just yet.) There is no “corkage” fee.


    Christopher Lin, head chef and owner of Seven Star, said he got word late Thursday afternoon from the Licensing Board that his BYOB license was granted.

    “Right now, I am all smiles,” said Lin, who was on his way to fire up the grills at the Belgrade Avenue restaurant.

    In 2015, Lin paid $40,000 for a liquor license, which he later sold because there wasn’t enough of a return on his investment, he said. But once he parted ways with the license, he noticed seats at his eatery sometimes remained empty.

    He believes the BYOB license, for which he paid $400, will be a boon.

    “I’m prognosticating a little bit right now, but I think that it will be huge for our business,” he said. “We’re excited to offer something different.”


    Lin was also delighted by the idea of being the first restaurant in the city to hold such a license.

    “It’s kind of cool,” he said. “It’s fun.”

    Steve Annear can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @steveannear. Globe correspondent Maddie Kilgannon contributed to this report.