Blue law changes lead to packed bars Sunday morning

5:56 PM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After weeks of political tug-of-war, people packed the pubs Sunday morning to have a pint before sunrise.

Governor Paul LePage signed a bill on Friday that changed Maine's blue laws to allow alcohol sales before 9 a.m. on Sundays, but only on March 17th.

Republicans had initially spoken out against the bill, and the governor said he would not sign it until the legislature addressed the state's hospital debt.

Brian Boru owner Laurence Kelly says he does about fifteen percent of his business between six and nine a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. He is thankful lawmakers changed their minds, and plans to ask Governor LePage to sign the photograph of the bill signing so Kelly can hang it on the wall at Brian Boru.

Sunday, pub patrons and Brian Boru staff were thankful to keep their early morning tradition alive. Bruce Ruzzoli of Randolph was first in line.

"If it was nine o'clock it was nine o'clock, if it was six o'clock it was six o'clock," Ruzzoli said "It was just a good thing to do for business and stuff like that."

"It's a blast," Mike Glass of South Portland told NEWS CENTER. "It's something different that you're not going to do every day. It's kind of like the one excuse, you go out and have a good time, hang out with your friends, have some good breakfast, a couple of brews."

Saint Patrick's Day will not fall on a Sunday again until 2019.







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