Mimosas in Morrow? Voters may get Sunday brunch referendum

The Morrow City Council will consider at its June 12 work session whether to place a Sunday brunch alcohol sales ordinance on the ballot.

MORROW — Some people enjoy a mimosa or a Bloody Mary with Sunday brunch. An ordinance under consideration at the Morrow City Council’s June 11 work session may give voters a shot at placing their alcohol orders here instead of inside the Perimeter.

The council was set to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a referendum that would place the matter before Morrow voters, who would make the final decision during a special election.

The move comes after the Georgia Legislature passed a law in 2018 that allows local voters to make the call.

Under the proposed ordinance, alcoholic beverages would be allowed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays but only “at certain licensed establishments.”

Those sales would be limited specifically to “any licensed establishment which derives at least 50% of its total annual gross sales from the sale of prepared meals or food in all of the combined retail outlets of the individual establishment where food is served; and in any licensed establishment which derives at least 50% of its total annual gross income from the rental of rooms for overnight lodging” — in other words, restaurants, hotels and motels.

Morrow still would not allow any “retail consumption dealer” to serve alcohol between 1:55 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

It also would continue to prohibit alcohol sales:

♦ From 11:30 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday;

♦ From 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday;

♦ On Christmas Day;

♦ “Any other day prohibited by federal or state law.”

It is, however, legal to sell alcoholic beverages in Morrow on election days.

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