LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just in time for Derby and Mothers' Day brunches, Louisville Metro has cleared the way for you to have a Mimosa with your Sunday brunch. The Metro Council voted Thursday night to move up the time for alcohol sales on Sundays in restaurants. Friday, Louisville's mayor signed it into law.
"You could start on this Sunday at 10:00 if you wanted to," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
Gone are the days of waiting until 1 p.m. to order that beer or cocktail on Sunday. It's a change that got good reviews from the lunch crowd at Hoops in South Louisville.
"I guess it's just one of those things that they just didn't want you drinking until you got out of church," customer Steve Stengel said. "You'll be sitting there at Churchill Downs by that time. There are plenty of things that start where you'd be watching, sporting events or seems right to watching a beer when you're watching a sporting event."
"I think the one o'clock law was a throwback," customer Rick Adams said. "I think it's different in different counties anyway."
Manager Dale Self says there were plenty of times when he would have liked to break out the booze on Sundays.
"UK always plays Florida on Sundays at noon, Louisville has ball games at noon so now people, we can open at 11 a.m. and people can come in and have a drink with their sandwich instead of drinking soda," Self said. "A lot of people like to have a screwdriver or Bloody Mary in the morning with brunch at 11 a.m. It's not like it's 7 a.m. It's 11 a.m. for brunch."
Self says at his business, it was obvious alcohol was leading the crowd.
"They'll get here at 12 and then some people won't get here until one," Self said, "You'll look up and at halftime, you fill up because they can start drinking."
Self says he doesn't plan to change the hours at Hoops for now except for on those college basketball or NFL game days. However, Self said he'll be watching and if there is a demand, his restaurant just might start opening earlier on Sundays.
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