McDonough voters to decide on 11 a.m. Sunday alcohol sales

McDONOUGH — Voters in the McDonough city limits will get to vote in November whether to allow earlier sales of alcohol by the glass at restaurants on Sundays.

The McDonough City Council voted unanimously to put the question on the city’s ballot, which, if successful, would allow restaurants to sell alcohol by the glass starting at 11 a.m. rather than 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Last year, the Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 17, commonly known as the “Brunch Bill,” which allows local governments to allow licensed establishments that derive at least 50 percent of total annual gross sales from the sale of prepared meals or food to sell alcohol by the glass earlier on Sunday mornings.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, council members made it clear that their votes were in favor of allowing voters to decide whether they wanted the change in time, and not an endorsement in that time change.

Keith Dickerson, McDonough’s city administrator, said the proposed change would provide a competitive advantage for local businesses. Dickerson said at Monday’s meeting that some business owners felt they had been left out of the time changes.

Since the bill was passed and signed last year, a number of cities and counties have voted on and passed the “Brunch Bill” proposal.

Some of those municipalities and counties near the area include DeKalb County, Spalding County, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Senoia, College Park, Union City, South Fulton and Conyers, according to the Georgia Restaurant Association.

McDonough is the first local government in Henry County to pursue the “Brunch Bill” proposal, although it was said at Monday’s meeting that other local governments — including Henry County — intend to pursue the change.

However, as of Tuesday morning, the “Brunch Bill” proposal is not on the agenda for this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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