Chatham County Commissioners Hold Oct. 16 Hearing on "Brunch Bill" Ordinance
At the request of local businesses, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at its October 16, 2017 meeting on a proposed “Brunch Bill” ordinance, which would implement a new state law allowing the sale of alcohol before noon on Sunday. The hearing will be part of the 6 pm session at the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro.
Earlier in the year, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Senate Bill 155, known as the “Brunch Bill,” making it possible for restaurants, grocery stores and other facilities to sell alcoholic beverages at 10 AM on Sundays, instead of noon.
Many local governments in the area, including the Town of Pittsboro, have approved the change, often citing a desire to help local facilities remain competitive, increased tax revenues, and earlier Sunday openings for venues and facilities. Wake County, Durham County and City, Guilford County, Greensboro, Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill are among the surrounding local governments that have approved the earlier sale of alcohol.
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners is considering the issue due to input from restaurants, retailers and lodging facilities. The Chatham Economic Development Corporation passed a resolution on Sept. 12, 2017 supporting the ordinance, but also noted that it was important to get broader public input at a hearing.
Janak Patel, who chairs the county’s Tourism Advisory Committee, said in letter approved by the committee that taking action will “enhance visitor growth, support the already favorable visitor-related economic impact and work well for the restaurant and hospitality industry.”
According to the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chatham County has almost 130 restaurants, but not all serve alcohol. If approved, the bill would also impact other facilities that sell alcoholic beverages, such as grocery and convenience stores, beer and wine shops, wineries, private clubs, country clubs, beverage tasting events and event venues.