We got a tip this week that Hana, the recently opened Japanese steakhouse on Western in Guilderland, was BYOB. How about that, we thought. So we checked with the hostess there this afternoon. And yep, it's true.
Apparently Hana is caught in the dreaded liquor license limbo. The upside -- of sorts -- is that they're cool with people bringing in their own until the license is approved. And they're not charging a corking fee, either.
One kind of funny twist about all this: the BYOB policy at Hana has led to increased sales of Sapporo at the Westemere Beverage Center up the road. One of the guys working there this afternoon said people have been coming in at night looking to pick up some Japanese beer so they can take it to Hana.
The restaurant hopes to have its liquor license sometime in the next few weeks.
1620 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
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