CUMMING, Ga. — Marie's Italian Deli will be celebrating big this Sunday for their first brunch under the new alcohol sales law which allows businesses inside of Cumming city limits to begin serving alcohol at 11 am.

One of the restaurant owners, Matthew Smith, says this is a big win for them after last year when they were not impacted by the Forsyth County Brunch bill.

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"We were big supporters of the bill last year when it first hit the ballot and encouraged everyone to vote for it. So when we found out we were going to be excluded because we are within city limits, we were really upset," says Smith.

According to Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow, the city was not given enough notice by the Forsyth County Board of Elections that Cumming would need to prepare a referendum. A special session to add it to the ballot was deemed too costly, so the brunch bill to include businesses within the city had to wait until this year's city elections.

"We've been celebrating all morning, but this Sunday we're going to do specials on alcohol pitchers and just really embrace the brunch crowd that we've been missing out on. We have people who come in and want a mimosa. I tell them, ‘I’m sorry, you’ll have to wait till 12:30.’ So I think that keeps people from coming here,” says Smith.

The restaurant opens at 10 am on Sunday, November 10th and will start offering bottomless mimosas at 11 am, as well as wine and beer.

Georgia passed the brunch bill, officially titled State Bill 17, in early 2018. The passage of this allowed individual communities to decide if they’d like to offer alcohol sales 90 minutes earlier on Sunday, shifting the start of sales from 12:30 pm to 11 am. The referendum was placed on ballots and passed in dozens of communities last November. 

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