- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Hattiesburg City Council has agreed to move the start of Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 11 a.m.

Council members agreed to the time change after restaurant owners requested permission to start selling alcohol at 10 a.m., according to the Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/1StV3cw). The council settled on 11 a.m., it said, because it also received emails and petitions from churches who felt 10 a.m. was too early to sell alcohol.

“Ten o’clock was (too) early,” said City Council President Kim Bradley. “This was a compromise that all council members could support.”

Restaurateurs like Ron Savell, who owns Mugshots, Patio 44 and Brewsky’s, said the time change is beneficial because it gives them an extra hour to serve guests during brunch after church.

Stuart Gates, who owns Vicki’s on Walnut, is the one who originally approached the council in November.

“Our guests are ready,” Gates said. “And this just shows that our city officials do listen to us, which is very comforting on our end. Most importantly, I’m happy for our guests.”

It’s also good news to the ears of Southern Prohibition sales manager Emily Curry, who said any change that creates a better experience for consumers is good for all businesses who embrace it.

“When patrons are happy, a business thrives. When a business thrives, the city thrives with it,” she said.

The request will need to be signed by the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Mississippi Department of Revenue to move forward. The process is expected to be done by January.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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