Orange County

Hillsborough turns on the taps to support Sunday morning business

Johnston County could soon allow alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.
Johnston County could soon allow alcohol sales before noon on Sundays. File photo

Local residents don’t have to leave town on Sunday mornings to buy a drink at a restaurant or store.

The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners voted July 20 to allow the sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine and mixed beverages at 10 a.m., two hours earlier than previously allowed on Sundays.

The vote follows the legislature’s approval of a “Brunch Bill” earlier this summer allowing local governments to decide whether alcohol sales will begin earlier in their jurisdictions.

“Especially given the impact of the Churton Street renovations, the board was very eager to support local restaurants and businesses any way we could,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said. “We certainly heard and considered differing opinions from citizens about the earlier hours. In the end, we decided to allow all businesses who qualify to take advantage of the new state law.”

Carrboro and Raleigh approved similar local rules in early July. Chapel Hill’s Town Council approved alcohol sales in restaurants but delayed a decision about store sales until after a community conversation planned for September.

The Durham City Council will talk about the issue – but may not vote – at a work session Thursday, July 27, in the second-floor committee room at City Hall, located at 101 City Hall Plaza. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb