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Sycamore OKs earlier restaurant liquor sales

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:37 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Sycamore restaurants can now serve alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays.

The Sycamore City Council unanimously approved an ordinance this week amending the city's liquor code to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The original code stated liquor could not be sold in restaurants before 11 a.m.

The city currently allows other license holders and businesses, including package stores and golf courses, to sell liquor at 10 a.m.

"Really this could be viewed as a way to tidy up the hours for the rest of the license holders," said Sycamore mayor Ken Mundy.

The request was made by the city's liquor commissioner, at the suggestion of a Sycamore restaurant. Mundy said the idea behind the request was to give the restaurant permission to serve alcoholic beverages during Sunday brunch.

Third Ward Alderman Greg Taylor said he had some reservations about approving the ordinance because he didn't want restaurants to feel pressured to open earlier. He said some businesses felt compelled to open at 10 a.m. when the previous code gave them an extra hour to sell alcohol.

"I have a little concern about how far can it possibly go," he said. "But I feel adults have a right to make their own decisions … so I can respect what they're trying to accomplish."

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