Some lawmakers hopeful for Brunch Bill to offer earlier Sunday drinking times

Some lawmakers hopeful for Brunch Bill to offer earlier Sunday drinking times

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - When you go out for breakfast, brunch or lunch on Sunday mornings, do you like having a Bloody Mary or mimosa with your meal? If so, you're probably well aware of state law that prohibits alcohol from being sold or served until 12:30 in the afternoon. Now, if some lawmakers get their way, that start time would change.

This would allow establishments in cities or towns where Sunday sales are legal to start serving alcohol at 10:30 in the morning instead of 12:30.

"I don't need to rush down here at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning to have a Bloody Mary, but 9:30 or 10 a.n...that'd be great," customer Dexter Miller said.

Miller is a weekend brunch regular at the 5 Spot restaurant in Habersham Village. He said he enjoys having a drink with his meal, and doesn't like waiting till 12:30 p.m.

"When I know I'm coming out for breakfast on a Sunday morning I find myself twiddling my thumbs waiting for it to happen," he said.

Another diner, Lisa Bates, doesn't think she would drink as early as 10:30, but thinks others should be able to.

"I personally don't drink at 10 in the morning, but if you would like to come in and have a drink you should have the right to do so you can do that on Wednesday and on Saturday, why not on Sunday," she said.

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Brett Harrell of Snellville, passed the house 121-47 and is now in the Senate.

The Georgia Restaurant Association said restaurants serving alcohol on Sunday morning could see an extra $25,000 dollars in revenue every year.

"We do consistently decline sales in that two hour period so it definitely would help us increase sales," GM of 5 Spot Peter Oleniuch said.

In fact, he said the 5 spot even loses business because of the state law.

"I have spoken to a few patrons who have made the short trip to south carolina so they can enjoy a mimosa or Bloody Mary opposed to keeping it local in Savannah," he said.

He thinks it's only a matter of time before this legislation is passed.

But not everyone agrees with this legislation. WTOC spoke with Senator Lester Jackson who told me once you move that start time from 10:30 to 12:30 you start infringing on a time period where people go to church, and that time period should be kept sacred.

He said he won't be voting for the bill, and said he doesn't think there will be that much impact made in the two hour time difference.

The bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee.