Here are some answers to questions regarding the operation of the restaurant with the “Bring your own wine” permit.

What can I bring in a Bring your own wine?

In addition to wine, it is allowed to bring other types of beverages, but not just anything.

You can bring:

  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Breezers and canned cocktails

You cannot bring:

  • Strong liquors and spirits
  • Flavored liqueurs
  • Homemade or craft alcohol (not purchased from a legitimate liquor-selling institution)
  • Pommerie wine is therefore not permitted
  • Cocktail prepared at home and brought in your container

Of course, you cannot bring food.

Corkage fee: what is it?

A corkage fee is an amount of a few dollars that restaurateurs operating a “Bring your own wine” restaurant apply to each bill to cover the costs related to the consumption of alcohol in their establishment.

This practice is applied all over the world. On the other hand, in Quebec, restaurateurs generally choose not to impose this amount, preferring to increase the price of dishes very slightly to spread the costs related to alcohol over the volume of meals served.

Despite this, it is a common practice and a Quebec restaurateur could very well choose to apply this amount.

The Trois Pommiers restaurant preferred not to impose a corkage fee (nor to increase the price of the dishes) and to go with a voluntary contribution system (see corkage coupons)

Corkage fee: what is it for?

First of all, you have to understand that a liquor sales license and a “bring your own wine” license cost the same price to the restaurateur. The costs, time and operations related to the consumption of alcohol on the spot are also similar.

In the price of a bottle of alcohol sold in a restaurant, a part goes to the payment of the following costs: permits, maintenance of tables, supply and replacement of glasses, lemonade, bottle openings, dishes, cleaning, etc.

A restaurateur who does not sell alcohol therefore finds himself paying the same costs, but without the entry of money linked to the sale of bottles: it is for this reason that a few extra dollars are usually added to the price of the meal. , one way or another, in a BYOW.

The Trois Pommiers restaurant preferred not to impose corkage fees and to go with a voluntary contribution system (see corkage coupons)

Coupons-cork: how does it work and how much to expect?

In order to allow restaurateurs to cover their costs without imposing a fixed amount, the restaurant at Trois Pommiers has chosen to proceed according to a voluntary contribution system, allowing everyone to adjust according to their consumption.

Just to give you an idea, here is some quick data:

to pay for the permit, approximately $40 per weekend must go to this specific use;
all operations surrounding the supply of a drink (for example bringing to the table and bringing back at the end of the meal, time to uncork a bottle, cleaning of tables, dishes including hot water, electricity, soap, etc.) is equivalent to approximately $2 per glass;
replacing a broken beer glass costs between $3 and $6;
replacing a broken wine glass costs between $8 and $12
replacing a lost lemonade costs between $10 and $15
the corkage fee in France is usually between 5 and 15 euros; in Canada, we often see between $3 and $8, depending on the restaurant. This is a fixed amount, applied per person.

The amount you leave should therefore go according to your usage at that time:

If you just had a beer (with or without a glass), $1 or $2 is adequate.
If you’ve consumed several bottles while eating with your gang, a few extra dollars are appreciated.

What is the difference between corkage coupons and tipping?

A corkage fee and a tip are two distinct principles. These are separate amounts, which are not intended for the same thing and are managed differently by a restaurateur.

To allow you to clearly distinguish between the two, Cork Coupons will be available on the tables: everyone can enter the amount of voluntary contribution they wish to leave on their departure and deposit it in the place provided for this purpose, for the amount to be applied to their account. This amount will be dedicated to alcohol-related costs, such as a corkage fee.

The money from the Coupon-bouchon goes to the restaurateurs, while the tips go to the service team. You can therefore show your appreciation for the service by adding it to your invoice.

Can I still open an expense account at the restaurant?

Sure! The amount of $150 per person is no longer fixed, but the prepaid account system at the restaurant is still available and encouraged.

This allows you to easily manage your expenses, without having to drag money on you, while giving liquidity to restaurateurs. In addition, this prepaid account will allow you to use Cork Coupons and thus speed up your payment time at the checkout.

Obviously, it is appreciated to avoid peak hours so as not to weigh down the service: prefer periods outside meals, or ask the restaurateurs when the good time would be.

What about COVID measures for 2022?

Covid measures will be applied in the restaurant (and in indoor public spaces) according to public health recommendations.

For the moment, wearing a mask remains compulsory in the restaurant except when you are seated at the table to eat.

So, you need a mask to move around, go to the toilet, go to pay, etc.

When wearing a mask is no longer mandatory, please note that it remains recommended, and we encourage you not to completely eliminate this practice, especially when you are indoors and distancing is not possible. , like in a restaurant.

In order to avoid a return to more restrictive measures, please keep in mind the best practices:

keep a mask handy when traveling in case it is needed
continue to wash and sanitize your hands regularly
do not go to public places if you have symptoms and wear your mask

We continue to protect ourselves to keep the pandemic under control, and allow us to fully enjoy the summer of 2022!