NY Sunday Liquor Law Changes
Once upon a time, I took my mother out for Mother's Day Brunch. Our morning conversation consisted of if we were going with a refreshing Mimosa or delicious Bellini. We sat down at 11am, rattled off our drink orders and had our dreams crushed.
Alcohol couldn't be served until noon.
The State Liquor Authority, which was created in 1934...the year after Prohibition ended, has the right to shut down any establishment that breaks the law of serving alcoholic beverages before 12pm. If you're a frequent "Bruncher" you know that some restaurants take their chances and will serve you during your boozy brunch.
Well that is all about to change. Luckily for us, along with big and small restaurant owners, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the main political supporter of the "Brunch Bill" that will allow New York restaurants to server alcohol at 10am. Cuomo stated that New York is home to "some of the best beer, wine, cider and distilled spirits in the world" and that the Brunch Bill will "knock down artificial barriers for restaurants and small businesses and help this industry grow even stronger."
Melissa Fleischut, President of the Restaurant Association, had been pushing for an 8am serving time on Sunday's, but says that the association is grateful for the 10am outcome.
The Brunch Bill will go into effect 60 days after Gov. Cuomo signs, which is expected to happen soon.