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Lawmaker pushes to extend 'brunch hours' on weekends

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A lawmaker is pushing to extend 'brunch hours' on weekends. (WFSB) A lawmaker is pushing to extend 'brunch hours' on weekends. (WFSB)

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but for many people on the weekend, brunch is.

Eight months ago, liquor stores began staying open later, and if one lawmaker has his way, soon restaurants will be able to serve alcohol earlier.

Right now, if you’re looking to order a drink at Sunday brunch you have to wait until 11 a.m.

“For most people its brunch. They want the mimosas. They want the bloody Marys,” said Kaat Harbeson, of Dakota Steakhouse and Tavern. “We’re open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays…that’s two fifths of the day we can’t serve alcohol.”

Recently, State Rep. Jeffrey Berger introduced a bill that would give restaurants the ability to sell liquor earlier on Sundays.

Instead of waiting until 11 a.m., you could order at 10 a.m.

“They want to drink. We can’t get them to book early. They don’t want to come in early and I don’t blame them. But we want to book them earlier so we can get more people in,” Harbeson said.

City Steam Brewery in Hartford also offers a brunch.

“We’re nuts about brunch. That’s one of our specialty drinks,” said Chris Leonard, of City Steam Brewery.

The proposed law was recently referred to the joint committee on General Law, but it is something local restaurants hope will pass.

“With the extra hour, there’s no doubt that it would improve sales here,” Leonard added.

The law wouldn’t just apply to restaurants, but also airport bars, sporting venues and hotels.

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