A remnant of Sunday blue laws, in North Carolina alcohol sales have been banned before noon on Sundays.

On June 30 of this year Governor Roy Cooper signed SB 155, the Brunch Bill into law and it didn’t take local jurisdictions long to get on the bandwagon and allow 10 a.m. sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks in restaurants and retail stores.

The catch was local governments had to give and OK.

It didn’t take long. Within a two weeks Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo and Southern Shores had approved the measure and starting this Sunday sales of alcohol will begin at 10 a.m. in those towns.

Nags Head hit a real snag. Wanting the public to have a say in the matter, the town council refused to act at their July 5 meeting and put a vote off until July 19.

Dare and Currituck Counties will take up the measure on Monday, July 17.

To restaurants, the noon start to alcohol sales had been a thorn in their side for some time. Many Outer Banks restaurants serve brunch, a meal that is often accompanied by light cocktails such as a mimosa or bloody Mary. To restaurant owners, the inability to sell drinks before noon was costing them money. When the opportunity came to expand their sales in the summer, they moved quickly to tell town councils they wanted the measure approved.

Starting this Sunday, July 16, early Sunday brunch can now be served with an adult beverage in most northern Dare County towns.