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Restaurants should to be able to sell alcohol earlier on weekends, says councillor

Toronto-Danforth city councillor Paula Fletcher put forward a motion this week to request the provincial government extend the hours in which restaurants can serve alcohol on the weekends.
Currently, restaurants have to wait until 11 a.m. to serve liquor, but Fletcher would like to see that change to 9 a.m.

In December, the Ontario government extended the hours for LCBO stores, The Beer Store, authorized grocery stores and off-site winery retail stores could sell alcohol. Residents can now buy liquor between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Fletcher said restaurants should also be able to take advantage of extended hours as well.

This comes as restaurateurs have been requesting the extended hours saying it would provide greater flexibility for businesses and additional convenience for consumers.

It states, “being allowed to serve mimosas and other alcoholic beverages would significantly enhance the brunch experience for many Torontonians.”

But more importantly, restaurateurs simply want to have an equal playing field as LCBOs and other outlets.

In the past city council has allowed restaurants serve liquor early due to sporting events, including the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

Being so strict about the time when alcohol can be served in restaurants should really be a thing of the past. Just because alcohol is served earlier is not going to encourage people to drink more than they should. And weekends are when restaurant goers are simply looking to chill out, relax and throw back a few along with a lazy brunch. -CINEWS

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