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Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville hope brunch bill will expand opportunities

Stephanie Almond, bartender at Mac’s Speed Shop in Matthews, starts work earlier on Sundays now that the brunch bill that allows alcohol to be served on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. instead of noon.
Stephanie Almond, bartender at Mac’s Speed Shop in Matthews, starts work earlier on Sundays now that the brunch bill that allows alcohol to be served on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. instead of noon.

Folks across southern Mecklenburg will no longer have to wait until noon on Sundays to enjoy a mimosa or bloody mary.

Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville adopted the brunch bill at their town meetings in August allowing alcohol to be served beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

This means that restaurants can serve mixed drinks at brunch and grocery stores can start selling beer and wine two hours earlier on Sundays.

Mint Hill’s Pine Lake Country Club has recently undergone extensive renovations, and general manger Sherry Taylor says the new law couldn’t come at a better time for the club.

“We do a morning brunch once a month, and we will now be able to offer mimosas and bloody marys from the beginning” said Taylor.

Pine Lake clubhouse manager Ed Baginski says the golfers are excited as well.

“They love it. We get people who ask us for mimosas on Sunday mornings and they are ecstatic that they don’t have to wait until noon,” Baginski said.

Pine Lake tennis director Robert Stephens says earlier alcohol service will enhance the tennis socials as many of the events, such as Breakfast at Wimbledon, are held Sunday mornings.

Mac’s Speed Shop in Matthews is also gearing up for the brunch crowd. The Matthews location joins the South Boulevard location in offering brunch on Sundays, now beginning at 10 a.m.

“We talked about expanding brunch to Matthews before, but the brunch bill served as a launching point for us,” said Mac’s Corporate Communication Director Samantha Chapman.

“We are just so excited to have the opportunity to have guests for an extra hour in the restaurant. We always opened at 11 a.m. but couldn’t serve alcohol until noon. We are now offering $2 mimosa and $4 bloody marys all day on Sundays.”

Pineville town manager Ryan Spitzer says that while establishments in his town are pleased to be able to offer extended hours for alcohol, there was also a practical reason for the bill’s passage by the Pineville town council.

“I think it will be good for the businesses that serve brunch. We have only heard from a few of our businesses, but the council thought it would be a good idea to pass it, “ said Spitzer.

“We have a lot of businesses with Charlotte addresses that are in the Pineville town limits, so we thought it would also be a good idea to pass it to avoid confusion.”

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com

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