Fantastic news for brunch loving hipsters: the City Council has introduced a bill that will allow restaurants to serve outside on Sunday mornings, starting at 10 a.m. Recently, a few popular brunch spots in Brooklyn were subject to scrutiny from the Department of Consumer Affairs for violating an obscure law which states that restaurants cannot serve outside on Sunday mornings before noon. Lokal in Greenpoint received a court summons for violating the law, and Five Leaves was asked to remove its outdoor benches.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the NYC Restaurant Association are endorsing the bill. Community Board 1 member and all-around-killjoy Tom Burrows says that he has not yet had a chance to look at the bill, but he wants the City Council to continue to enforce the sidewalk seating restrictions, no matter what.
Hopefully, the bill will get passed soon, and the brunch bunches of Williamsburg and Greenpoint will be able to sip Micheladas and eat eggs Rothko outside on Sunday mornings without any interference from The Man.
· Bill Introduced to Legalize Sunday Morning Brunch [City Room]
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