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Bars and restaurants to serve beer, wine earlier than usual this weekend

'Brunch Bill' aims to give an economic boost to businesses by allowing serving of alcohol at 10 a.m.

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For the first time in decades this Sunday, alcohol will be permitted to be served before noon at bars and restaurants.

Brunch-goers can raise their glasses earlier this weekend, thanks to new legislation passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that now allows restaurants to serve alcohol at 10 a.m. instead of noon.

The 'Brunch Bill' modernizes New York’s alcoholic beverage control law that prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays. That law was established in the 1930s.

The goal is to help local business owners increase revenue.

Michael Begos is the manager at Burker's Bar and Restaurant in Yonkers. He says the change comes at the perfect time with football now back on Sundays.

"...It gives people more options, that, if we want to open up earlier, especially now that there's football games on at 9:30 in the morning, it gives us the option to do that and give our customers time to come in earlier," Begos says.

But others think adding two extra hours of bloody Mary’s, mimosas, or whatever your brunch drink of choice is, could mean trouble...

"No, I don't think it's a very good idea because if you're going to start at 10 o'clock in the morning, think about the amount of people who are going to be driving on the road by 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock in the afternoon when there are numerous people on the street, your accident rate is going to go up, I think,” said Bob from Yonkers.

'I think there will be more drunk people on the road," added Yonkers resident Lianna Fornabaio.

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