BRADLEY — In an effort to attract more business on Sundays, one Bradley businessman is requesting the village ease its hours,which restrict sales of alcohol.
The Bradley Village Board seems it might be willing to accommodate these businesses.
At Monday’s Bradley board meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Watson asked if the Sunday hours regarding alcohol could be pushed back to 8 a.m., which would be two hours earlier than the current 10 a.m.
Hoppy Pig co-owner Tom Spellman has approached the village with the request citing a loss of potential customers due to the fact people cannot get a Bloody Mary or some other type of alcoholic drink to go with their Sunday morning breakfast.
Hoppy Pig, 135 N. Kinzie Ave., is one of the more popular gathering locations in the village.
Spellman said Hoppy Pig simply loses business due to the 10 a.m. Sunday restriction.
“I’ve had people who sit and wait for the clock to turn to 10, but many others who simply leave. I’m not asking for a 4 a.m. or 6 a.m. start time,” Spellman said. “Pretty much by 11 a.m. the breakfast crowd is gone.”
Spellman said if he can get the time backed down to 8 a.m., he’ll capture that crowd. He attempted to have the alcohol serving hours pushed back to 8 a.m. about a year ago.
The village responded by pushing it back from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“Right now, there is lost opportunity,” he said.
Spellman and his wife, Karen, have operated Hoppy Pig since November 2015. He said the village has been great to work with.
“I’m hoping they are open to this idea.”
From Monday through Saturday, alcohol can be served from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. On those days, Hoppy Pig is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Spellman notes that during the week he has many night-shift workers stop by for breakfast and a drink.
“People have to remember that their 7 a.m. is like most people’s 5 p.m.” due to their work shift, he said.