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Monday, July 05, 2010

Massachusetts Law Allows Sunday morning alcohol sales, but not until restaurants apply for a license

New Mass. law OKs Sunday morning alcohol sales [7/1]
July 1, 2010

BOSTON—Early risers on Sundays will now have the chance to purchase Bloody Marys and Irish Coffees with their pancakes in Massachusetts.

The new law, which was part of the $27.6 billion budget Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed Wednesday, allows restaurants to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The previous law did not allow alcohol to be served until noon.

The law was originally proposed by Dave Andelman, the creator of the "Phantom Gourment," a popular radio and television show that critiques local restaurants.

Restaurants say the law will help them do better business on Sunday mornings.

The law takes effect immediately.
Also, New alcohol rule to boost brunch, starting Sunday [7/2].

But Wait!

We Want Beer

License required under new alcohol law [7/3]:
Local licensing boards will have to authorize restaurants before they can begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, according to a recently passed change in the state’s alcohol laws. It is unlikely that restaurants will be able to take advantage of the change this weekend. “It doesn’t make any change immediately or give any immediate permission to restaurants this Sunday,’’ said William Kelley Jr., general consul for the state’s Alcohol Beverages Control Commission. Restaurants must apply for a license to being serving alcohol at 10 a.m.; without one, they cannot serve alcohol until noon.
If the restaurant already has a license to serve alcohol, why not just let them start serving at 10:00 AM on Sundays without having to apply for a new license?

Is this license going to cost money? Will it have to be renewed every year?

Stupid Massachusetts Laws.

That's Not Right!

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