Restaurants gear up for expanded alcohol sales starting this Sunday


by WHAS11

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 27 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Many of the city's restaurants are wasting no time letting people know they can now offer something they haven't been able to on Sunday morning, an alcoholic drink, as early as 10 a.m.

Late on Friday, April 26, the mayor handed the city's restaurants a huge Derby gift, signing a new law into place, allowing early alcohol sales.

Within weeks this proposal moved through Metro Council Committees. It was approved by the council just on Thursday, April 25. 

And now for the first time in the city's modern history, restaurants can sell alcohol Sunday morning. And supporters say everyone from customers, to servers, to tax payers are going to reap the benefits.

“You don't have to have a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with Sunday brunch but it's nice to have the option now,” Rachel Foster, a customer, said.

Word is spreading that just in time for Derby Louisville diners will have the same beverage options with their Sunday morning meals as they do with their Friday night meals.

The Louisville mayor signed a change to the liquor ordinance into law and allowed restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 10 a.m. instead of waiting until one in the afternoon.

 “You can go across the bridge and do it anytime you want, so why not keep the money here,” Mark Coleman, a customer, said.

It's a move restaurants have been eagerly awaiting and some sent out mass emails promoting this weekend’s brunch. Andrew Hutto, owner of Baxter Station, spearheaded the effort to get the Metro government to change the law.  He says the decision is good all around.

“It means that our bartenders will be able to come in earlier and have a steady bar crowd, and I also just think that it means we'll have some happier customers in town,” Megan Breier, General Manager of the Garage Bar, said.

As the general manager of Garage Bar on East Market Brier says Sunday morning alcohol sales could also influence the Sunday social scene.

“We'll start to see people getting out of bed a littler earlier,” Brier said.

Many of the Garage Bar clients are out of towners like Diana Ladio,  who's excited to hear she'll be able to celebrate finishing Saturday's marathon with a cocktail at brunch.

 “Michigan, where we're from, just made the changes we're still getting used to it...,” Ladio, a Garage Bar customer, said.

And that change is effective this Sunday.