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UPDATE: Chatham Commissioners Approve Adoption of "Brunch Bill" Ordinance

Post Date:11/06/2017 8:37 AM

UPDATE:  The Board of Commissioners approved the ordinance at its November 20, 2017 meeting.

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will hold a second public hearing at its Nov. 20, 2017 meeting on a proposed “Brunch Bill” ordinance, which would implement a state new law allowing the sale of alcohol beginning at 10 AM on Sundays. The hearing will be part of the 6 PM session at the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro.

The business community had asked the Board of Commissioners to consider the issue to help local facilities that serve or sell alcoholic beverages to remain competitive in the region and increase tax revenues. 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.

The Town of Pittsboro, Wake County, Durham County and City, Guilford County, Greensboro, Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill are among the local governments that have approved the change in Sunday beverage sales.

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.

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.”