By: Christ Christoff and Kathleen Gray
September 30, 2010
For drinkers, it was Christmas in September when Legislature voted to allow liquor sales Sunday mornings and Christmas Day.
Now, the question is: Will Gov. Jennifer Granholm be the Scrooge? Her spokeswoman Liz Boyd said the governor has concerns to resolve before she would sign the bill. It would also allow wine and beer tasting at grocery and party stores and others with package liquor sales licenses.
The changes had been sought for years by owners of bars and liquor retailers. Alcohol could be sold from 7 a.m. Sundays to 2 a.m. Monday mornings with a special $160 permit. Currently, liquor sales are banned Sundays until noon.
The bill also would allow beer, wine and liquor sales up to midnight Christmas Eve and after noon on Christmas Day. Liquor sales are now prohibited after 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas.
Ellen Belanger, manager of the Park Bar near Comerica Park and Ford Field in Detroit, said the new law could be a boon for business on game days. “They’d be in here early for their Bloody Marys and mimosas,” she said.