Thanks to the strong, dedicated efforts of our government affairs team and restaurateurs across the state, Governor Cuomo signed the Brunch Bill this afternoon in Rochester. This bill, effective immediately, allows restaurants to begin alcohol service at 10 a.m. on Sunday's across the state.
"Today is a great day for the restaurant industry of the state of New York. This bill will open up an additional and vital source of revenue for restaurants and allow our industry to satisfy the wishes of our customers," said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association. "We thank Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders for their good work on this important issue."
As part of our Brunch Bill push, restaurateurs and customers responded to our coaster and letter writing campaign as we delivered over 1,400 letters to legislative leaders to help get this passed.
Bars and restaurants outside of NYC will also be allowed to file for 12 one-day special permits per year that allow them to begin alcohol service at 8 a.m. on particular Sundays for $35 each. Restaurants will be able to apply for these permits 60 days from today.