Well, Toronto, it looks like we’re just a little closer to being able to order an alcoholic drink alongside your early morning plate of pancakes or scrambled eggs.
Toronto City Council voted 18 to 8 on Tuesday in favour of urging the Government of Ontario to allow licensed establishments to sell alcohol starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, extending it two hours prior to our current 11:00 a.m. start time.
Element of truth here in #Topoli mimosa debate. This is all about the brunch crowd, but can see a very happy group of Toronto #EPL fans celebrating the possibility of earlier pints with their footy. Doubt they would ever have got council’s ear. https://t.co/7hxvprWM79
— Daniel Evans (@danevansfc) February 26, 2019
“Weekend brunch is an important event in many restaurants in Toronto. It brings neighbours together and helps local businesses prosper,” a member motion from City Councillor Paula Fletcher reads. “Many restaurateurs have requested extending the hours during which they could serve alcohol starting at 9:00 a.m., particularly on the weekend.”
The goal is to align restaurant alcohol service hours with the changed rules for LCBOs, Beer Stores, off-site wine boutiques, and licensed supermarkets, which allows them to sell as early as 9:00 a.m. on Sundays.