FAIRMONT — At the Sports Grill Lounge Sunday in Fairmont, no one took advantage of a new law permitting certain types of businesses to serve alcohol to customers on Sundays as early as 10 a.m. statewide.
“I didn’t have nobody come in until after 1:30 that bought beer,” Ron Carr, who works at the business, said.
However, he thought that would change as people became aware of the new law, which took effect beginning this past weekend.
It’s a result of the passage of Senate Bill 561, which was signed by Gov. Jim Justice in March during the 2019 legislative session, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Revenue Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.
The news release notes that the option to serve alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays applies to Class A on-premises retailers who have one of the following types of WVABCA licenses: private club, private resort hotel, private hotel, private golf course, private 9-hole golf course, tavern, private wine restaurant, private wine spa, private bed and breakfast, private wine professional/college stadiums, fairs and festivals, one day charitable events, and approved floorplan extensions.
Carr agreed with the law.
“I think it’s alright,” he said.
He thought it could benefit the business, which serves beer.
“If you can open at 10, you might as well be able to serve at 10,” he said.
And he thought it was well-received by those who drink alcohol.
“Everbody likes it, everybody that drinks,” Carr said.
A customer at the Sports Grill Lounge, however, said she wasn’t in favor of the law.
“I think it should it still be 1 o’clock,” Joann Sokari of Fairmont said. “If you go and do that, at least do it after Sunday (church) service.”
At another establishment, the Derby Bar and Grill in Fairmont, bartender Dakota Mouser said he thought the change could help other businesses “without a doubt,” especially Hot Spots that open earlier.