Alcohol was added to the Sunday brunch menu at local restaurants in less than nine minutes Monday.
The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously to approve a local ordinance allowing the sale of alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays.
The council’s action follows North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s approval June 30 of Senate Bill 155, which allows restaurants and stores to sell alcohol before noon on Sundays with local government approval.
Only two states – Georgia and Arkansas – still prohibit Sunday morning alcohol sales, according to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association.
The council stopped short, however, of approving the second part of the law allowing alcohol sales at local stores. That discussion was delayed until September to give the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High Risk Drinking an opportunity to weigh in.
The town now joins Carrboro and Raleigh, both of which put their local ordinances into effect on Sunday.
“I think it’s important that we, given as Carrboro passed this already, then we want to be able to pass this in Chapel Hill before people get into a tradition of going to Carrboro for their Sunday brunch, because we do have some options in Chapel Hill,” Council member Nancy Oates said. “And we would like to make sure we start a tradition in Chapel Hill.”
The Durham City Council plans to discuss a local ordinance to allow alcohol sales before noon on Sundays at its July 27 work session. The council is now on summer break.