The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched televised events of the year, but Minnesotans must plan ahead if they want to enjoy a cold one on the couch on game day. Now, a lawmaker wants to change that.
Each year, there is an attempt to repeal the state's ban on selling alcohol on Sundays. In fact, one such effort already expired in committee this session, but one lawmaker believes he's come up with a plan that could make Super Bowl Sunday a day of super sales next year.
"Wintertime is slow. The Super Bowl is a big boost in business, no matter who's playing," said Ian Finch, who works at Four Firkins in St. Louis Park.
According to Finch, the days leading up to the Super Bowl are some of the busiest in the entire year, so they don't understand why they can't sell their specialty suds and craft beers on game day.
"Regardless of if Super Bowl Sunday is a big boon or not, we'd like to have the option of being open," he said.
Yet, Minnesota law doesn't allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays -- even if the NFL's championship face-off is one of the biggest beer-drinking days on the calendar. That's why Rep. Pat Garofalo wants to make an exception for next year to offer a trial run of Sunday sales and see how it goes.
"For the average consumer, this bill is a reasonable way to try it out," Garofalo said. "If it's bad, we won't do it again. If it's good, maybe look at something for the future."
Historically, the liquor store industry has opposed opening on Sundays because they want the day off and say it would cost them more on labor without providing a bump in business, but customers who spoke with FOX 9 News are welcoming the experiment.
Polls show a majority of Minnesotans favor selling alcohol on Sundays, and Garofalo's bill will get its first hearing in a House committee on Wednesday afternoon -- along with yet another attempt to repeal the ban on Sunday sales.
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