Voters to decide if boozy brunch starts earlier on Sundays

Many Georgia voters are deciding more than their candidate picks this election season – they’re also choosing whether to have mimosas 90 minutes earlier during Sunday brunch.

Cities and counties across Georgia have a referendum on the ballot that gives voters the option to move Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.

Oscar Valdivieso, the owner of Las Margaritas on Cheshire Bridge Road, is “absolutely” in favor of the change.

“We always have a big group waiting [for the restaurant to start serving alcohol on Sundays]. I have people sitting there for an hour before they eat,” he told Project Q Atlanta. “Atlanta’s a big brunch place on Sundays. So yeah, I’m excited. It’s just gonna make it funner.”

Legislation to allow local governments to put the referendum on the ballot has been floating around for years. The “brunch bill” finally passed in this year’s legislative session.

“I think it will create more revenue for our city,” said Maureen Kalmanson, owner of Midtown hotspots Henry’s and Campagnolo. “It also will bring more people to lunch earlier and reduce the huge rush at 12:30. I also think it’s a silly law, the purpose of which is unclear.”

It wasn't until 2011 when lawmakers gave voters the chance to approve retail sales of alcohol on Sundays. That overwhelmingly passed.

Haven’t voted yet and want to know if the referendum will be on your ballot? Check the Georgia My Voter Page, or look below for a partial list of local governments getting in on the action, courtesy of the AJC.

Acworth
Alpharetta
Atlanta
Athens-Clarke County
Austell
Avondale Estates
Braselton
Brookhaven
Brunswick
Chamblee
Chatham County
Cherokee County
Clarkston
Cobb County
Columbia County
Columbus-Muscogee County
Decatur
DeKalb County
Doraville
Douglas County
Douglasville
Dunwoody
Fayetteville
Flowery Branch
Forsyth County
Gainesville
Glynn County
Gwinnett County
Harlem
Hart County
Holly Springs
Johns Creek
Kennesaw
Macon-Bibb County
Madison
Marietta
Monroe County
Paulding County
Peachtree City
Powder Springs
Roswell
Sandy Springs
Savannah
Senoia
Smyrna
Statesboro
Stone Mountain
Tybee Island
Tucker
Villa Rica
Walker County
Woodstock