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You may not have to wait long to order that Sunday morning mimosa in Charlotte

Mimosas are made at the bar as customers enjoy brunch at 5Church restaurant uptown on Sunday.
Mimosas are made at the bar as customers enjoy brunch at 5Church restaurant uptown on Sunday. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Thirsty for a Sunday morning mimosa? Or planning to pick up a six-pack for that Panthers’ tailgate?

Get ready.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Wednesday that City Council could vote on the “Brunch Bill” July 24, allowing its changes to take effect July 30.

The new law allows stores and restaurants to sell alcohol Sunday mornings as early as 10 a.m. if local governments approve. For now, you have to wait until noon.

“I’m a big advocate of putting it on our agenda as soon as possible to help our business community,” Roberts said.

Gov. Roy Cooper signed the bill last week. Some cities haven’t wasted any time putting it into effect.

Raleigh City Council voted Wednesday to allow the sales as soon as this weekend. Town officials in Carrboro voted it in on Monday.

“I think I got more inquiries about that than anything else on the agenda,” Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane told the council Wednesday.

In Charlotte, the change would be welcomed by restaurants as well as customers.

“There’s tremendous support,” said Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan. “Clearly the hospitality industry is for it. My sense is that the support is quite strong.”

Roberts said the city will follow protocol and have the council’s economic development committee consider it at its July 13 meeting. The council’s next scheduled business meeting is July 24, a Monday.

That would mean the first Sunday the new law could take effect is July 30. That’s before the PGA Championship runs at Quail Hollow Club Aug. 7-13 and before the Panthers’ first Sunday afternoon home game on Sept. 17.

Republican council member Kenny Smith urged city officials to make the change in a Sunday email.

“The PGA Championship will place an international spotlight on Charlotte and provide our small businesses ample opportunity to dramatically increase their sales,” he wrote. “I can think of no way to better cap off the week than to ensure our restaurants can offer a complete brunch experience before the final round of the championship.”

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill

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