Sunday mornings have long been a struggle for New Yorkers looking to have a mimosa or a Bloody Mary with their brunch—or a hair of the dog to help with that hangover. Currently, no booze can be sold in restaurants or bars in New York between 4 a.m. and noon. That, however, may change in the near future.
Last month, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group, a panel created by Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the change, and this week, the governor himself got behind it, saying, "The law was created 80 years ago right after Prohibition. It is the most bizarre, arcane, frustrating, maddening law that you could imagine," the New York Daily News reports.
Cuomo's proposing that bars and restaurants that want to sell booze before noon on Sundays apply for a special permit. There's no word on how much that permit will cost, but liquor licenses, particularly in New York, can be very profitable for the state.
Blue laws, as they are called, have been coming off of the books across the country in the past 15 or so years, but the change has been slow going. But we'll cheers to that anyway.
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