Hattiesburg restaurants petition for earlier Sunday alcohol sales

Hattiesburg restaurants petition for earlier Sunday alcohol sales

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Sunday brunch-goers in Hattiesburg may be able to start their Sunday fun a few hours earlier if a proposed ordinance makes its way to the Hattiesburg City Council.

Several local restaurant owners, including Keg and Barrel's John Neal, Cotton Blues' Chris Ortego, Mughshots and Patio 44's Ron Savell, The Depot Coffeehouse and Bistro's Keith Cascio and Vicki's on Walnut's Stuart Gates, asked the city council to consider changing the start of Sunday sales from noon to 10 a.m. Savell and Neal submitted letters of request to the council, which were presented at Monday's council work session.

"It's not a money motivation," Ortego said of the proposed changes. "We're speaking out for our customers and what they're asking for."

Cotton Blues, similar to the other restaurants mentioned, serves Sunday brunch, which includes mimosas and Bloody Mary's. Although brunch begins at Ortego's restaurant at 11 a.m., he cannot begin serving customers alcohol until one hour into the Sunday meal.

"We're trying to provide the best service, and we just need the city's help," he said.

Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) said he supported the change and expected it to get approval by the council, which could be in the next few weeks. The council must approve a petition to the Department of Revenue commissioner, who will ultimately decide whether to approve the change in hours.