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Second reading passes on Brunch Bill in Weirton

The city of Weirton could soon be serving alcohol on Sunday mornings if the Brunch Bill passes through council.

The city of Weirton could soon be serving alcohol on Sunday mornings if the Brunch Bill passes through council.

Currently, alcohol is not permitted to be served on Sundays before 1 p.m.

But the brunch bill could change that, and it's something that’s drawing a divide between residents.

"I think our culture -- I grew up in the 50s -- that we had laws that nobody was open, and the only places open were the drug stores, and they alternated that," Weirton resident Blaise Hogan said.

"Anything that I think morally takes us further and further away from our Christian culture that we once had, and that’s essentially why I oppose it."

With the Brunch Bill, Class "A" license holders would be allowed to serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

And while some residents, like Hogan, oppose the ordinance, local business owners say this could greatly improve their morning-hour business.

"We do support this ordinance,” said Emily Rose of Spicy Gringos. “We think it will bring more business to the area, not just us but other restaurants."

"Once again, I give my support to the Brunch Bill and progression of the city and speak not only for me, but on behalf of many other restaurants,” said Dewey Guida from Dee Jays.

"We, too, support the Brunch Bill,” said Brenda Mull of the Weirton Chamber. “I think it’s important to be able to offer what other states are offering since we're so relatively close to Pa., and Ohio."

The second reading of the ordinance passed through city council on Monday.

A final vote will be taken at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

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