Birmingham city leaders may soon consider allowing Sunday morning alcohol sales at restaurants


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham city leaders are expected to consider a new ordinance that could change your Sunday brunch plans.

The proposal would allow Birmingham restaurants to serve alcohol as early as 10 a.m. Sunday.

This year, state lawmakers passed a bill enabling Birmingham to draft an ordinance regarding Sunday morning alcohol sales.

Previously, customers could not purchase alcohol until noon on Sunday.

At restaurants like 5 in Lakeview, brunch crowds can begin rolling in as soon as doors open at 9 a.m. Some patrons are frustrated when they learn they cannot buy a drink until noon.

“We’ve actually had customers get up, like they come in around 9:30-10 they want brunch. They want the real experience. They want mimosas, bloody marys and people are like, well I’m not going to sit here for the next 3 hours, so they actually leave,” said Briana Marquez.

In order to maximize the opportunity to revenue, Birmingham city councilor Hunter Williams plans to introduce the idea in front of a public safety committee next week.

“It will not allow liquor stores to open or anything like that, but what it will do is it will have a significant economic impact,” said Williams.

Williams thinks the plan will benefit the city, merchants, customers, and ultimately servers like Marquez.

“For us, some of us are going to school some of us are trying to care of different bills, so it would be really important,” said Marquez.

Birmingham City Council would have the final say on an ordinance.

“We do have an ordinance ready that will be reviewed this upcoming Tuesday at public safety committee and hopefully we can have that before the full council the following week,” said Williams.

While some may refrain from alcohol on Sundays, some restaurant patrons say it will give tourists and residents an option available in other cities.

“I’ve been in other cities as far as Nashville, New Orleans, they definitely serve in the mornings so, it definitely would bring Birmingham up to par,” said Jordan Bentley.

Stay with CBS 42 for the latest on the proposal.

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