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NY restaurants near green light for Sunday a.m. alcohol service

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New York restaurants and bars may soon be able to sell alcohol before noon on Sundays, the result of a new legislative agreement approved Tuesday, the Buffalo Business Journal reports.

Under the agreement, bar and restaurant owners could begin selling booze at 10 a.m. on Sundays. They could also apply for a license allowing them to offer alcohol as early as 8 a.m., with a limit of 12 such permits annually, the Business Journal says.

At present, the state’s so-called blue laws only allow Sunday alcohol sales after 12 p.m., a rule establishment owners have said curbs revenues.

“For so many years, we were prohibited from selling a mimosa, or anything else, until noon; and now, we can do that,” Dan Garvey, a past president of the New York State Restaurant Association, told the Business Journal. “It is something [the NYSRA] has wanted for many years.”

The agreement is expected to be signed into law as early as the end of the June.

Read the full story via the Buffalo Business Journal. 

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