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Bainbridge community to vote on moving up Sunday alcohol serving times

Posted at 6:05 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 06:05:19-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — On November 5, voters in Bainbridge will decide if they want to sip their Sunday Mimosa a little earlier.

A 'yes' vote on a referendum could move the alcohol serving time up.

A referendum some are calling the "brunch bill", is on the ballot for those in Bainbridge to decide on.

"It's the people that get to say whether this gets allowed or not," said Christopher Hobby, Bainbridge City Manager

Currently in Bainbridge, selling alcoholic beverages on Sunday before 12:30 p.m., is illegal.

Now city officials are allowing voters to decide if they want that time moved up to eleven.

"It became obvious to our city council that this was a question that we should put before the voters," said Hobby.

Hobby says this became important after seeing several new restaurants in the downtown area, as well as staples, benefiting from Sunday sales.

"We have a lot of regular customers that come in every Sunday and they know that we sell alcohol at 12 p.m.," said Jaeda Rodriguez, San Marco's Mexican Restaurant Employee.

Jaeda Rodriguez says they could see a boost in business at San Marco's Mexican Restaurant if the brunch bill passes.

"If we start serving at eleven o' clock then that would bring more customers in and you know it would benefit our restaurant a lot," said Rodriguez.

"If they vote in the affirmative to allow this, we'll amend our current alcohol ordinance and allow people to enjoy brunch," said Hobby.

Hobby says that could happen by the beginning of 2020.

DeKalb and Fullton Counties passed the referendum in 2018.