Cobb residents who aren’t quite ready to wrap up their weekends can drink a little longer on Sunday evenings under an ordinance approved by county commissioners just in time for the Super Bowl.
The change extends Sunday alcohol sales from midnight Monday until 2 a.m. for bars and restaurants in unincorporated Cobb.
Commissioners initially considered an ordinance that extended alcohol sales on Super Bowl Sunday only, according to Commissioner Lisa Cupid.
“But then when we talked to the state we realized we had greater latitude to keep the hours going forward,” she said.
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said she and her colleagues did not receive any opposition at public hearings held on the proposed change.
“We had some discussion at agenda prep with some options that we could look at,” she said. “One of the things suggested was just looking at special events like the Super Bowl or holidays that fall on a Monday … but it came back from legal that we would have to identify each holiday or special event so the consensus was just to do it for Sunday, period.”
Cobb bars and restaurants that close earlier on Sunday nights are under no obligation to remain open, but those looking to pour a little later may now do so, Birrell said.
Dave Reardon, owner of Shillings on the Square, said he appreciates the county’s recent efforts to expanded Sunday alcohol hours.
In November, Cobb voters approved a measure allowing breakfast and brunch spots throughout the county to start pouring alcoholic beverages at 11 a.m. on Sunday. State law previously mandated that drinks couldn’t be served until 12:30 p.m.
“The Catholic church would get out at 10 or 10:30,” Reardon said. “And they didn’t want to wait two hours.”
Coupled with the recently approved “brunch bill,” bars in unincorporated Cobb now have an additional three and half hours to pour on Sundays.