Court Stops BYOB Ban

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SAYREVILLE – Patrons of Sayreville’s strip clubs can continue to bring their own beer, at least for now.

A Superior Court judge issued a temporary injunction against a new borough ordinance that aims to ban establishments without a liquor license, except restaurants, from letting their customers bring their own alcohol.

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Greg Vella, an attorney representing 35 Club, on Route 35, said that the new rule is discriminatory because it singles out a certain type of business. “It’s unconstitutional and an abuse of police power,” said Vella.

Jeff Bertrand, the borough’s business administrator, defended the ordinance and said that some municipalities, including Wall Township and Rahway, have similar ordinances.

“It’s a quality-of-life issue,” said Bertrand. “We have found that entities that have issues with their liquor licenses have said they will forgo their liquor license and operate as a BYOB establishment.”

The case will be heard on Aug. 7.


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