You probably know by now that the NC Legislature freed the Mimosa during the 2017 legislative session, opening the door to alcohol sales before 10 am. What you might not know is that restaurants still can’t serve a mimosa at 10 am, and grocery stores still can’t sell you a six-pack before noon, until your City Council passes a new ordinance. Carrboro was first out of the gate, with Raleigh close on its heels, and citizens of those two great NC towns toasted the change at 10 am on Sunday July 9, 2017. Huntersville and Mecklenburg County (not including the city of Charlotte) have also voted Yes to Brunch as of this writing.
How can you get your city or town to Free the Mimosa (or the Shandy)?
Here’s a quick guide to getting your local governing body to pop the cork on brunch:
- Learn who represents you and send them a message. To find out who serves on your town or city council, go to your city government’s website. Here’s what the Charlotte City Council web page looks like. Also Asheville, Durham and Wilmington.
- Follow up! If you don’t hear back, send another email and make a phone call.
- Provide a sample ordinance to help them.
- Do you have a favorite brunch spot or brewery? Amplify the power of your outreach by asking local businesses to join you in contacting City Council.
- Say thanks. Whatever course your local government decides to take, be sure to thank them for considering your concerns, and for their service to your community.
Here is a sample message that you can send to your representatives on City Council (or town board, or whatever your locality calls these good folks):
Dear Councilor ____,
Thank you for your hard work representing the citizens of Busytown, NC. I am writing to ask whether the council has plans to consider an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales at 10 am, now that the NC Legislature has passed the Brunch Bill.
Huntersville, Raleigh, Carrboro, and Mecklenburg county have already taken this step, and their local restaurants are reaping the benefits in increased weekend revenue. It would be great for Busytown, NC to do the same.
You can view a sample ordinance here: http://bit.ly/BrunchOrdinance
Thank you for your consideration,
Your full name and address
(so that they know you are indeed a local resident & voter)
Do your city council members have questions about this issue that you don’t have an answer for? Feel free to contact the Guild, or our friends at the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association for help. Thanks for making your voice heard, and for supporting the local businesses that make our communities vibrant.