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“The significance of the passing of this bill goes beyond the ability of restaurants to serve alcohol at 10 a.m.,” said Steve Tieber, owner of The Dublin Pub and a chief organizer of the Brunch Bill. “This gives the restaurants in downtown Dayton an incentive to increase business and expand their operational hours on Sunday. It doesn’t matter if alcohol is sold or not, the expanded hours will create jobs and most important, it will give patrons of downtown restaurants additional options for Sunday brunch.
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“The University of Dayton, The Dayton Convention Center and the influx of new residents in downtown Dayton are bringing thousands of new customers to our region monthly,” Tieber said.
“Sunday brunch is a business that was at one time reserved to breakfast restaurants and hotels. At The Dublin Pub, Sunday brunch is our third busiest day of the week and we staff if as we do a Friday or Saturday night.”
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The Dublin Pub owner — who served as chair of the “Brunch Bill Coalition,” a group of 20 bars, restaurants and other businesses that favored of the change — said the additional hour will enliven the holiday season at his establishment, which offers a holiday brunch with live classical music.
“The first Sunday the law is in effect, we will offer a special brunch and party at 10 a.m.,” Tieber said.
The chamber’s Kershner said passage of brunch bill “is one of many initiatives that is setting Dayton apart and making Dayton the place to be.”
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The chamber and its brunch-bill coalition partners mounted a campaign that included posters, banners and yard signs in the affected area of downtown Dayton. The coalition also mailed postcards to residents living in precinct 1-B.
Affected liquor-license holders will receive an updated license, which may happen before the end of 2017, chamber officials said. Once those licenses have been updated, the businesses will be able to offer liquor sales beginning at 10 a.m. Sundays.