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City Council Considering Change To NYC Sunday Outdoor Brunch Rules

FILE - Empty tables fill the outdoor area of a restaurant in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

FILE – Empty tables fill the outdoor area of a restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City lawmakers may soon change an old law that bans restaurants from offering brunch outdoors Sunday mornings.

A bill has been introduced to City Council that would allow customers to eat at tables on the sidewalk starting at 10 a.m. Right now, restaurants cannot serve diners outside until noon.

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“New Yorkers will not be denied their Sunday brunch in the beautiful weather,” Council Member Dan Garodnick said in a statement. “This regulation is outdated, widely disregarded and hostile to business and brunch-loving New Yorkers.  It needs to change.”

The issue of early Sunday brunch came up recently when residents in Greenpoint, Brooklyn reportedly complained about crowded sidewalks.

The city then cracked down on restaurants ignoring the ban and issued a ticket to one business and a summons to another.

“In the interest of neighborhood residents and the small business community, this legislation supports a meaningful balance that promotes their coexistence,” Council Member Diana Reyna, Chair of Small Business, said in a statement.

The Sunday brunch bill has wide support and is expected to pass.

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