Posted By Nate Linhart, Digital Editorial Intern at Sun Times Network
A few Georgia legislator have penned HB 535, which will also be known at the Georgia Brunch Bill. If it is passed into law, the bill would permit Georgia restaurants to serve alcohol at 10:30 a.m. on a Sunday.
Currently, restaurants cannot serve alcohol on a Sunday before 12:30 p.m.
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to alcoholic beverages, so as to provide that governing authorities of counties and municipalities in which the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises is lawful may authorize sales of such alcoholic beverages during a certain time on Sundays; to change the time on Sunday during which farm wineries may sell certain wine for consumption on the premises; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
According to the Georgia Restaurant Association, the passage of the bill would generate an average of $25,000 per year for Georgia restaurants.
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The bill has bi-partisan co-sponsorship from State Representatives Brett Harrell (R, Snellville), Alan Powell (R, Hartwell), Margaret Kaiser (D, Atlanta), Spencer Frye (D, Athens), Allen Peake (R, Macon), and John Pezold (R, Fortson), and it is currently in the House Regulated Industries Committee. While the majority of co-sponsors aren’t in the restaurant business, Peake is the co-owner of C&P Restaurant Co., which operates several of Cheddar’s and Captain D’s locations, and Pezold’s Pezold Management operates a number of McDonald’s outposts.