STILLWATER, Okla. —
Aside from the attraction to national chain restaurants, McLaughlin said local entrepreneurs supported reversing the rules.
“There was an economic driver behind that on attracting new restaurants here in town. However, the local people in town who serve alcohol were really pushing for this,” she said. “They saw the need.”
Brendan Foutch was one of those local restaurant owners. He is a managing partner at Brooklyn’s.
“It makes a world of difference. We have a Bloody Mary bar here on the weekends and that’s a staple point in what we do, being able to serve that alcohol,” he said.
Allowing bartenders to pour alcohol on Sundays lets his customers have something besides low-point beer “you can get at the gas station.” Instead, he said, they can have wine, mimosas or the Bloody Mary bar.
Foutch said up to 20 percent of his business now is alcohol sales. The response has been so positive that he has added another shift and now remains open for another six hours.
“My after-church crowd’s huge,” he said.