We’ve all heard of BYOB. But just in case, BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Bottle (or beer or booze, depending on when and where you learned this amazing concept).BYOB restaurants are often sought after by consumers because of their naturally lower ticket, due to avoiding an item that can instantly rack up the dollars on your tab.
The newest restaurant trend in 2013 that has been bubbling up, though, is BYOF…which stands for bring your own FOOD. Bars here and there have been doing this for a few years. When I lived in New York, I remember going to a bar where you could have subs or pizza delivered if you chose, since they didn’t have a kitchen. And some bars in Chicago do this as well – usually the “total dive” sort of bars.
World of Beer is the first chain that I have heard of that encourages people visiting just for the beverages – and to bring your own food or have it delivered. Their whole concept is being part of a neighborhood – where you can walk in and feel like you’re in your living room. So to create that atmosphere they have a very large selection of beers that you can try (we would hope so, since their name is World of Beer!) and a place where you get to choose what kind of food you eat.
This is a restaurant trend that I can see popping up for a lot of restaurants and bars that want to focus more on the beverage side of things and offer their clients an extensive supply of beers and wines without having to focus on also bringing you a great culinary experience.
Some independents are also grabbing onto this trend – for instance, The Beer Market in Pittsburgh, PA, that recently opened and encourages “order-in” deliver service from local restaurants. Or The Brass Tap in Florida that has a similar concept of focusing largely on beer and live music, but lets you order your own food from local restaurants.
This is a trend that will lend itself to consumers who are still wary about spending a lot on a dinner out on the town, and especially to the millennial set who will love the many choices in beer! Be on the lookout for a similar concept to pop up in your area as this latest restaurant trend of 2013 catches on!