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Corkage in Scottsdale area???

srf1 Jun 25, 2001 04:01 PM

Hailing from San Fran, corkage is an accepted, if sometimes expensive, option to a mediocre wine list. Having recently (last weekend) been in Scottsdale, was wondering how restaurants handle this as none of the restaurants we tried had a corkage fee printed on their menu (Mastro's and The Roaring Fork). Not bringing any with me (at least to the restaurants), I did not ask, but was wondering about the relative ease or general feelings that AZ restaurants have with this.

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    roberta Jun 26, 2001 09:04 AM

    Oh, yeah, well welcome to the land of behind-the-times and the state of tack. My understanding is that it is a state law that forbids restaurants to allow patrons to bring their own wine. It drives my son crazy when he visits here from Palo Alto and wants to bring a special bottle to share when we go out. Many of the restauranteurs we 've spoken to about this sound opposed to this law but, if this was a majority opinion, you'd think they'd pressure our legislature to change the law. Oh, WELL!

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    1. re: roberta
      srf1 Jun 27, 2001 11:32 AM

      Well, that kind of sucks, huh?? Anything to protect the distributors' markups I guess. Ain't big business grand??

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      Jessica Jun 29, 2001 04:32 PM

      I'm not sure it's against the law because I know of two places that are BYO: Coup des Tartes and Cafe Boa. It's best to ask at the restaurant because it's generally not stated on the menu if they offer the option and how much it costs (corkage is something nominal at Boa...I think $10). I was also at a little Italian eatery in Phx, and when we asked, they were not at all opposed to us bringing in a bottle. Good luck:-)


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      1. re: Jessica
        Melanie Wong Jun 29, 2001 07:47 PM

        In states where BYO is against the law, restaurants will often still allow patrons to bring in their own beverages if the liquor control boards are lax on enforcement...

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Mark Jul 20, 2001 01:26 PM

          As of June 13th 1998 "corkage" was made illegal in Arizona. The mentioned rests. Coupe de tartes & Boa do not have liquor licenses and thus are not violating a law. Mastros etc. should know better

          1. re: Mark
            frazsle Aug 28, 2001 10:23 PM

            cafe boa in Tempe does have a liquor license and should not be offering Corkage, Shame on them!!! Cafe Boa in Ahwatukee also has a liquor license and has done the right thing by listening to the AZ liquor board.

          2. re: Melanie Wong
            frazsle Aug 28, 2001 10:15 PM

            this is a risk that the restaurant takes.

          3. re: Jessica
            Sheri Aug 23, 2001 01:30 PM

            Which little Italian restaurant were you at that allowed corkage?

            1. re: Jessica
              fraszle Aug 28, 2001 10:13 PM

              It is in fact illegal to offer a Corkage fee in Arizona if you carry a liquor license 7, in which most restaurants have. The few restaurants that do allow Corkage fee with a 7 license are subjecting themselves to losing the license enforced by the liqur board. They had better be careful.. Good luck and if you do not like it you can thank the AZ Liquor Dept.

              1. re: Jessica
                highland Aug 28, 2001 10:20 PM

                Coup de tartes has no liquor license However Cafe Boa in Tempe does and they are breaking the law, There is a much nicer Phoenix, Ahwatukee location that has a huge wine list and unfortunately the Liquor board will not allow them to accept customers bringing in their own wine bottles. With the list they offer, you wont need to worry about it though.

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