I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I hate brunch. But I do know that I am in the minority on this particular topic, so I have to feel for the people of North Carolina who have not been able to brunch appropriately due to an archaic law that prevents restaurants from serving alcohol before noon on Sundays. I mean, what’s the point of brunching if you can’t get a bloody or a mimosa, right?
But a new proposed new law would finally allow the unfortunate people of North Carolina to do brunch right. Senate Bill 155: Economic & Job Growth for NC Distilleries would allow “counties and cities to pass ordinances allowing licensed restaurants to start selling alcohol for on-premise consumption at ten a.m. on Sundays,” according to IndyWeek. So even if the bill passes, there is still the hurdle of getting the county or city to allow the earlier sales, but still…it’s a step in the right direction for everyone except those in Graham County, which is the state’s only dry county. Sorry, peeps.
Not only does the bill allow for brunch to be done right, it would also allow local distilleries acquire special-event permits that would allow them to have free liquor tastings at places such as “ABC stores, trade shows, conventions, shopping malls, street festivals, holiday festivals, agricultural festivals, balloon races, local fundraisers, and other similar events approved by the Commission.” Because lord knows, you need to be drunk to survive a balloon race, whatever the hell that is.
Of course, The N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association is all about the new bill, with their President and CEO, Lynn Minges, saying in a statement:
This ‘brunch bill’ will allow our North Carolina restaurants and hotels to meet their guest’s needs. With 55 million visitors to our state every year, this bill will be good for tourism and hospitality. The local “opt in” provision is a new approach. We believe a number of counties will want this new option for their citizens and guests.
NC tourism is probably still taking a hit from the little issue known as the “Bathroom Bill,” which caused sports groups like the NBA and the NCAA to pull their events from the state, but hey, a little booze before noon will fix everything, right? .