Dothan officials look into changing the brunch menu

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Omelets, hash browns, and waffles are a Sunday morning staple at brunches in Dothan. A mimosa could soon be added to the mix.

Purchasing an alcoholic beverage in Dothan on Sunday is not allowed until after 1 pm.

"That pertains to all alcohol sales - in a grocery store, liquor store, in a restaurant or bar," said Kevin Cowper, Dothan City Manager.

But, that could change soon, the Brunch Bill allows restaurants to start serving alcohol at 10 in the morning.

"If you enjoy a Sunday morning brunch, this would be a great thing," said Cowper.

Businesses like Firestone that already serve mimosas on Sunday - agree.

"If you want the option to have a mimosa for Sunday brunch then you can. It's great for downtown business," said Brannon Eubank, Asst. Kitchen Manager at Fire Stone Wood Fired Grill.

Merdoc Henderson is from Donalsonville, Georgia. He drives to Dothan regularly to eat out.

"It makes it more convenient especially coming from Georgia with the time change," said Henderson.

City Manager Kevin Cowper says this bill will pour opportunity into the city.

"If we can encourage restaurants to open earlier on Sunday then that generates revenue for that business, sale tax for the city, and puts money in people's pockets that work in that restaurant and provides employment,” said Cowper.

Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority Director Jamie Bienvenu says similar bills have already proven to be a success.

'It would give the restaurants Downtown an opportunity to add a whole other day of business to their books, that's huge, cities like Enterprise is seeing a lot more growth and the sales tax in the city,” said Bienvenu.

Dothan City Commissioners will meet on Tuesday at 10 am to vote on the brunch bill ordinance.