Bars consider first Sunday in Charlotte with brunch bill a success

(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)
(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Bars in Charlotte saw a boost in business Sunday, thanks to booze being poured two hours earlier than usual. The brunch bill went into effect Sunday, after city council approved it unanimously last week.
Flying Saucers is a popular brunch spot on the north end of Charlotte. The restaurant opened early to partake in the sale of alcohol by 10 a.m., which is now allowed by the passing of the Brunch Bill. Before, restaurants and bars could not sell alcohol until noon on Sundays.

Jonathon Mitchell with the Flying Saucers said there was a line of people waiting outside at 9:59 a.m. Sunday morning. He says the restaurant and bar will open early on special occasions like Panthers home games and the World Cup next year.

"At the end of the day, this is better than we would have been doing at 10 a.m.," Mitchell said.

Across town, mimosas and bloody Marys were still being poured well into the afternoon at the All American Pub in South End. Bartenders say they made well over a hundred mimosas that morning. Since the bill's passing, the pub will now open at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

"Oh it's going to have a positive impact for all of us I mean not just here but all around town," Tim Houser with the All American Pub said. "We are so geared up to the fall in football, from all the places in here to uptown I can't see anything but a benefit."

However, some are still skeptical of the bill, saying it is disrespectful toward churches, which may still have services going on during the new serving hours.

According to the News and Observer, restaurants could make an additional $25,000 a year in taxable revenue because of the extended hours on Sunday.

Since the Governor signed the brunch bill last month, there have already been more than 50 municipalities that have jumped on board to selling earlier on Sundays.

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