F’ville voters get to decide fate of ‘Brunch Bill’ Nov. 6

F’ville voters get to decide fate of ‘Brunch Bill’ Nov. 6

If voters deem it so, City of Fayetteville restaurants can start serving a little sooner on Sundays. Following an affirmative vote by the city council Thursday night, Fayetteville will decide in November if restaurants will be able to start serving alcohol 90 minutes earlier on Sundays.

Dubbed the “Mimosa Mandate” or the “Brunch Bill,” Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 17 into law in May that allows voters to decide if their community will allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Currently they cannot serve alcohol before 12:30 p.m.

The law only applies to restaurants that make at least 50 percent of their money off food sales. It does not apply to grocery or liquor stores, meaning that alcohol sales at those establishments will still start at 12:30.

The Georgia Restaurant Association sent a letter of support for the resolution, saying it would be a boost to revenues and salaries for industry workers.

“This has been, I think, a long time coming for a lot of people,” said City Clerk Anne in presenting the resolution. “If this passes, this will be a boost financially for the restaurants, and of course for the patrons that are desiring their drinks earlier with their brunch meals.”

The resolution was approved by council, leaving it in the hands of City of Fayetteville voters. The referendum will now appear on the November 6 ballot. If approved, the new serving hours would go into effect on November 11.

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.