Liquor Flowing on Sunday Mornings

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Coral Gables doesn't currenlty have alcohol on its Sunday morning menu, but Co-owner Stuart Vanis says that will change soon.

"We would definitely want to do that to enhance our brunch and offer some Bloody Mary's and Mimosas with the buffet on Sundays," Vanis said.

And now they can. The new state law allows restaurants and stores that have bought and received the required state permit to sell alcohol between 7 a.m. and noon Sunday. That's something Linda Nuttall would have enjoyed. She was celebrating her birthday at Coral Gables.

"It would be nice to be able to order a Mimosa with your brunch," she said.

Sunday was the first time those that already have their Sunday morning permits could sell alcohol before noon that day. That was the case at Beggars Banquet, where employees say customers were pleased they didn't have to wait to have a drink. But not everyone wants to take advantage of the new law.

"I don't see the benefit for us as a retailer," said Dani Fawaz, co-owner of Jackpot Party Store on Cedar Street.

Fawaz doesn't think it'd be worth it to open early.

"I like to sleep in," he said, laughing.

Paul Tarr morally opposes the new law. He says he used to be a social worker.

"I think there's already enough problems with alcoholism and substance abuse," Tarr said.

Tarr says people should wait until later Sunday to buy alcohol if they must at all.

"It's a special day, it's a day of rest, and I think it's the Lord's day," Tarr said.

The previous law banned alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and noon Sunday.


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