You can’t be served alcohol on Sunday earlier than 12:30 p.m. in Cherokee County, but that may change if voters approve a Nov. 6 referendum asking if Sunday serving hours should be pushed back to 11 a.m. AJC FILE

Cherokee calls referendum on earlier Sunday alcohol

The Sunday brunch crowd in Cherokee County will be able to enjoy mimosas and Bloody Marys earlier in the day, if voters approve a Nov. 6 referendum called by the county Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners voted to put the question on the ballot, asking voters if the serving hours for alcohol on Sunday should be pushed back to 11 a.m. Currently, restaurants subject to county jurisdiction can serve alcohol from 12:30 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday.

The referendum is possible under Senate Bill 17, the so-called Brunch Bill passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

If voters approve, earlier Sunday alcoholic beverage sales would be allowed in any licensed establishment that derives at least 50 percent of its total annual gross sales from food, or 50 percent of its total gross income from the rental of rooms for overnight lodging.

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