Williamsburg Community Board Wants To Kill Outdoor Sunday Morning Brunch

First they came for the bars. Now, Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s Community Board 1 is effectively declaring a war on brunch, reports the Brooklyn Paper.

Respecting the wishes of church-goers, the city has limited outdoor dining on Sunday mornings since at least 1971. Community Board 1 now wants to start enforcing this restriction, despite the fact that many in the community might prefer to celebrate the sanctity of Sunday morning with a bloody mary, or at least a gulp of Excedrin.

The group’s targets are popular Williamsburg/Greenpoint outdoor eateries.

“This would keep the sidewalks open for Sunday morning walks to church,” Community Board 1 public safety chairman Tom Burrows told the Paper. “Lokal, Enid’s, and Five Leaves consistently open their sidewalk cafe hours before noon on Sundays.”

Five Leaves has already removed two outdoor sets of benches after a chiding from the Community Board. Meanwhile, some restaurant owners and brunch-regulars are shaking their heads.

“This is bullshit, it’s not good,” Lokal owner Gino Kutluca told the Paper. “We get 60 percent of our business on Saturday and Sundays.”

[via the Brooklyn Paper]


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