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Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday Coming to Brunches Next Year

Written By Scott Joseph On December 11, 2013

Beginning January 5, 2014, Sunday brunchers in Orlando will not have to wait until the stroke of noon to enjoy a mimosa or other alcoholic beverage. The city council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that will allow Sunday sales of alcohol to begin at 9 a.m. Previously the sale of alcoholic beverages was forbidden until noon. This is sure to mean better attendance at Sunday brunches before 12 o’clock.

The reason that sales were forbidden until noon, of course is…actually I have no idea what the reasoning was. It’s rooted in blue laws, certainly, that were meant to appease teetotaling church goers who were offended by the sale of booze on the holy day. Of course, Sunday is a holy day only for some people. For others, Saturday is the sabbath. So why were alcohol sales never banned on Saturday?

And if Sunday is a holy day, why isn’t it holy all day long? Why allow tippling only after noon?

It wasn’t until a few years ago that the city allowed stand-alone bars to open on Sundays. Many did before that, but they were technically breaking the law. The law didn’t apply to bars located inside restaurants, so that was just another example of the ridiculous reasoning associated with alcohol sales on Sundays.

What’s even more curious is that the new ordinance allows the sale of alcohol on Sundays to begin at 9 a.m., which is two hours later than all the other days of the week. That’s because…

Sorry, I have no idea why that is. But we can talk about it at brunch. I’ll meet you at 10 a.m. on January 5.

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