LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville restaurants are another step closer to being able to serve a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on Sunday mornings. Currently restaurants can't sell liquor until after one Sunday afternoon, but Tuesday a proposed ordinance pushing that time back to ten in the morning cleared the Metro Council's Public Safety Committee.
The idea of expanding liquor sales to Sunday brunch hours, is popular not just with the people we spoke with on the street, but also with many local restaurant owners. Some of those owners signed a petition that's spurred metro council's public safety committee to consider allowing restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 10 a.m. instead of waiting until 1 p.m.
“Right now you wouldn't be able to have a Mimosa in downtown Louisville, but I could run across the river to Rocky's or Buckhead's or to the Bristol over in Southern Indiana and have one”, Council Member David Tandy said.
Supporters like Tandy say it would not just help hold onto to local dollars, but bring more convention and tourism business to Louisville. He hopes to have the change in place before derby weekend, one of the biggest brunch days of the year for many restaurants. However Council Member Attica Scott, who voted no on the proposal in Tuesday’s committee meeting, says that's exactly the wrong time to be adding more alcohol.
“Right now people are anxious about what's going to happen around Derby and when we think about people's behavior around Derby and just giving them three more hours to consume alcohol that makes me nervous,” Scott said.
The first district councilwoman says she plans to do more research before deciding her final stance on the issue. Despite her concerns, and those voiced by two other council members, the proposal passed through the Public Safety Committee.
Also passing was a proposed requirement that businesses applying for new liquor license would have to post a notice outside the business so members of the community can be aware and have time to give their opinion.
The council is expected to vote on both changes Thursday April 25.