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Brunch Bill Coaster Campaign Generates Over 1,000 Letters to State Lawmakers

Wednesday, June 08, 2016   (0 Comments)
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ALBANY — The coaster campaign in support of the Brunch Bill, (A.8617-A, S.6307-A) has generated 1,171 letters in support to state lawmakers urging them to pass legislation that would allow restaurants to apply for special permits to serve alcohol beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday mornings. If passed, the bill would update a 1934 law to allow patrons to order their beverage of choice just like every other day of the week.


“Across the State, New Yorkers have shown they want the legislature to update the outdated regulations that prevent them from ordering what they want, when they want it,” said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association. “With just a few remaining days left this legislative session, it’s critically important that lawmakers pass the Brunch Bill to help the restaurant industry grow and thrive.”


The letter campaign was driven by drink coasters produced by the New York State Restaurant Association and the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association and were passed out to various eating and drinking establishments across the state. The coasters instructed customers to visit to send a form letter to their representatives. In all, 5,000 drink coasters were distributed in Albany, New York City, Syracuse, and Buffalo.


"Folks all across New York are demonstrating their support for Sunday morning sales and hope the NYS Legislature will pass the Brunch Bill before heading home for the year," said Scott Wexler, Executive Director of the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association.


Many friends and families gather on Sunday mornings at restaurants for brunch but they are not allowed to order common alcoholic beverages due to outdated and discredited “Blue Laws.” These laws not only cause many groans from customers, but they also cut off a valuable revenue stream for the restaurant industry.




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