"Brunch Bill" would let restaurants serve alcohol at 8 AM on Sundays

Apr 17, 2016

You may be able to order a Bloody Mary at a Sunday brunch before noon under a proposal that could reach the State Legislature. Assemblyman Sean Ryan says the so-called "Brunch Bill" would allow restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 8 AM rather than the current noon starting time.

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The impetus for the bill came in part from the Buffalo Bills' game in London last year, which started at 9:30 in the morning, Buffalo time. Fans watching at bars weren't able to drink during the game. The New York Giants have a Sunday morning game in London this season.

The earlier start time is one of a number of changes being considered by a working group convened by Governor Cuomo last year to recommend changes to New York's Prohibition-era liquor laws.