Brunch Bill campaign launched

DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from downtown Dayton businesses, launched today a campaign in support of what’s being dubbed the ‘Brunch Bill.’

The measure, which will appear on the Tuesday, November 7th ballot, would allow some downtown Dayton restaurants and bars to sell liquor beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Currently in Dayton, liquor sales on Sunday begin at 11 a.m.

The Brunch Bill campaign was launched after several downtown Dayton restaurants that currently serve brunch approached the chamber, looking for assistance in expanding their brunch hours.

“Sunday Brunch is one of our busiest days of the week,” said Steve Tieber, owner of The Dublin Pub. “Liquor licenses give restaurants the ability to open up at 5:30 in the morning, six days a week. Opening up an hour earlier on Sunday would increase the opportunity for business regardless if a customer would like to have a Bloody Mary or mimosa or not. Passage of the Brunch Bill will create additional jobs, and in turn, bring people to downtown.”

Steve Tieber is chair of the Brunch Bill Coalition, a group of 15 bars, restaurants and other businesses who are in favor of the change. See attached for complete list.

If approved, the change would only apply to restaurants and bars located in voting precinct Dayton 1-B. That includes restaurants and bars in and around the Oregon District. Only residents living in Dayton 1-B will see the measure on the ballot this November. That includes The Cannery, Water Street, St. Clair, Cooper Place and the Biltmore Towers among others.

“The Brunch Bill is an opportunity for any restaurants currently open on Sunday morning or others that may have Sunday brunch in the future,” said Chris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “This collaborative effort will support and contribute to our downtown Dayton residents, businesses and vibrancy. Dayton restaurant owners have invested in downtown, now it?s our turn to help them grow.”

Brunch Bill Coalition Members

  • Chair: Steve Tieber, The Dublin Pub
  • Dayton Racquet Club
  • Blind Bob’s
  • Lily’s Bistro
  • Newcom’s Tavern
  • Antioch Shrine Center
  • Trolley Stop
  • The Neon
  • Basil’s on Market
  • Salar Restaurant and Lounge
  • Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery
  • Ned Peppers Bar
  • Corner Kitchen
  • Spectra
  • Woodard Development