Gov. Deal signs brunch bill into law

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A bill that would allow Georgia restaurants to sell alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays rather than waiting until 12:30 now has Governor Deal's signature.

Senate Bill 17, also known as the Brunch Bill, was given the green light on Tuesday.. If you've ever been told you can't order booze on a Sunday because it wasn't 12:30 yet, those days could soon be over.

"By me being a manager, businesswise, it's going to increase our revenue," said barista manager, Rebecca Schmidt. "We lose about $1,000 in sales every morning until we can do alcohol sales."

Schmidt manages Collins Quarter. She says staff is excited to hear the news.

"Also, for our servers, it's going to raise how much money they're making because it's going to raise their check averages, tips are going to go up. Everybody's going to be a whole lot happier, that's for sure," Schmidt.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach feels this moves the hospitality industry in the right direction.

"We've had a number of people looking for us to get something done on that issue because of the time and the way it all worked out," Mayor DeLoach said.

Here's what you need to know before making plans for the nearest pub. In order for this to become a law in our area, you will have to vote on it, but before you cast your ballot, city leaders must come to a resolution. A referendum must be decided within 30 to 60 days.

"I haven't heard any oppositions concerning it at all. Most of us can pretty well agree that it's something that improves our tourist industry, so if it improves our tourist industry, improves our overall community, I know a lot of people that enjoy brunches on Sundays."

City leaders are hoping this measure can be voted on this November.

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