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Atlantans Will Finally Vote on the ‘Mimosa Mandate’ in November

The Atlanta City Council voted 14-0 to allow the Sunday brunch bill referendum to be voted on by city residents in November

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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Georgia’s supercharged gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams (D) and Brian Kemp (R) won’t be the only game-changer Atlantans will vote on in the November midterm election. On Monday, the Atlanta City Council finally voted 14-0 to allow the “brunch bill”, otherwise known as the “mimosa mandate”, referendum to be placed on the November ballot, Atlanta INtown Newspapers reports.

Booze during Sunday morning brunch is now in the hands of city residents.

The new law, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in May, allows restaurants in communities throughout Georgia where Sunday alcohol sales are permitted to begin selling beer, wine, and cocktails at 11 a.m. rather than waiting until 12:30 p.m. However, residents in each community must vote on the new law via a local referendum.

In 2015, the Georgia Restaurant Association estimated allowing Sunday morning alcohol sales could generate an average of $25,000 per year for the state’s restaurants.